As we are in the peak of Summer and enjoying the warm outside, so are the bats at night. Did you know that a single little brown bat can consume up to 1,200 insects the size of mosquitoes in an hour and can eat up to 3,000 insects in a single night?! Talk about insect control experts! You can see bats leaving their roosts in the evening from 30 minutes before sundown to 30 minutes after. Sometimes these roosts are behind bark or in tree cavities, between cracks in rocks, or in and around buildings.
Why do some bats roost in buildings?
Over time bats have adapted to human structures because they give bats what they need after humans have disturbed their natural habitat in trees and caves. Man built structures tend to be stable, have warm temperatures with a microclimate of their own, and give protection from predators.
What can we do if bats are roosting in our building?
Bats of New Jersey are protected under the New Jersey Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act, this means it is illegal to hunt, capture, or kill bats. Because of this there are strict regulations as how to get rid of bats. There are no chemicals registered for use of killing bats and no lethal means should be used to remove them from a structure, this includes the use of glue boards or fly paper in an area where bats may be present.
The only bat control chemical registered in New Jersey is naphthalene, also known as mothballs. Naphthalene is used as a temporary repellent in very confined roosting areas to detour bats from staying there. While naphthalene may be an effective short term solution, it does not substitute for bat-proofing a structure and does not guarantee the bats will leave the building entirely.
The best option for control of bats is to contact a pest professional to have them perform a bat exclusion and proofing service. Not all pest providers are willing to perform this service as it can be tedious. Make sure the provider you go with knows about the Nuisance Wildlife Control Guidelines for Bats put out by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.
If you are interested in letting Hoffman’s Exterminating be the pest professional for you, contact us today for a free inspection and estimate to your property to see what we can do for you!