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Florida is host to 18 species of bats. The most common species that causes problems in the Tampa Bay area is the Brazillian free-tail and Evening Bat.

Once in your attic bats can cause extensive damage. While roosting they create piles of droppings or guano. Guano makes a great fertilizer but this guano isn't treated like the stuff you get in the nursery. It is laden with disease and it piles up quickly.

Bats are extremely benificial to the community. They feed on insects and are protected.

Bats cannot be removed from your attic between April 15th and August 15th because this is their breeding season.

Having bats removed from your roof or attic is not a job for an amateur. Give us a call and we will refer a licensed professional to solve your bat problem.

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Bats: Information for the Florida Homeowner
Amy K. Taylor, Frank J. Mazzotti, and Craig N. Huegel

Background
Bats are an essential link in the balance of nature. In Florida, bats provide a valuable service by consuming mosquitoes and other night-flying insects--while posing little threat to human health. Curiously, bats have been feared and maligned by man since the Dark Ages. Some of this fear comes from the misconception that most bats carry rabies when, in fact, less than 1/2 of 1 percent carry the disease. There is no evidence that widespread destruction of bats or their roosts has reduced the already low health hazard. Bat control should be done by excluding entry into buildings, not by killing bats. About Bats Some people wrongly believe bats are flying mice. In fact, bats form a separate and distinguishable group of mammals more closely related to moles, shrews, and even monkeys than to rodents. Bats are the only flying mammals, and, except for certain unique features, their anatomy is similar to that of most other mammals. Bat's wings are very different from those of birds, and built upon the same general pattern as the limbs of other mammals. The wing is composed of an upper arm, forearm, wrist, and hand with thumb and four fingers. The hand and fingers are greatly elongated in order to spread and control the wing. The hind limbs of the bat are attached at the hip in reverse, pointing the knees backward. This arrangement is thought to facilitate the bat's ability to alight upside down and hang by its toes.Bats occur worldwide. Of the approximately 850 species of bats only 39 occur in the United States and of those, 17 occur in Florida. (For details on specific species see "A Checklist of Florida's Mammals", Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission (GFC).)Florida bats are highly beneficial because they consume tremendous numbers of night-flying insects, including mosquitoes. Bats locate insects at night using a very sophisticated sonar system (echolocation), emitting supersonic sounds and listening for echoes. Bats are most frequently seen on warm nights feeding over bodies of water, around buildings or forest edges, or around lights. During the day, bats find shelter in a variety of secluded places, preferring small, dark, poorly ventilated spaces that heat up during the day. Tree cavities, snags, and especially unpruned cabbage palms are important roost sites. Due to increasing urbanization, the number of these natural roosting sites has been reduced and window shutters, drain pipes, billboards, roof tiles, and attics have become popular roosting site substitutes.Bats in the home The presence of a bat in the home may be a sign that the house is not weather-tight. If so, take appropriate measures to locate openings and seal them. The best way to remove a single bat from the home is not to panic, but simply open a window in the room. The bat usually will circle the room, using its sonar, until it detects the open window and flies out on its own. If possible, stay in the room with the lights on and make sure the bat leaves. This should only take a few minutes. Another method is to use leather gloves and simply pick up the bat. Never handle a bat with bare hands because it may try to bite to protect itself. If the bat "disappears" in the room, it probably has landed behind a curtain or in some hidden nook. In this case: open a window, turn off the lights, close the door behind you, and isolate the bat by blocking the space under the door with a towel. The bat should find its way out within an hour after dark as long as the weather is not too cold. One or two bats in the home may mean only that they came in through an open window. However, their presence could be a sign that a colony of bats has established a roost in a crawl space or attic. An obvious sign that a bat colony has taken up residence is when bats are observed flying in and out of a hole in the house. If they become a nuisance, the only long-term solution is to bat proof the building .Bat Control Methods In light of bats' beneficial feeding habits, give careful consideration before implementing any control measures. Pesticides, pollution, people, and habitat loss have reduced bat populations significantly. That is why non-lethal control measures are recommended.Bat Conservation Bat populations are on the decline throughout the United States. Loss of habitat due to the disturbance of natural and man-made roosting sites in buildings, old trees, and caves is a major factor in this decline. Another factor is active and persistent persecution by people not aware of the bat's gentle nature and beneficial activities. Once bats have been excluded from one habitat it is often possible to provide alternative habitats. Uncut woodlots, snags, and viable wetlands with open water are important bat habitats. In particular, cabbage palm left unpruned is tremendously valuable as a home for bats. Also, you can build a bat house .How to Build a Bat House This bat house designed by Bat Conservation International combines relative ease of construction with the varied crevice sizes most often used by American bats, and temperature buffering features. Western red cedar is recommended for its ability to withstand outdoor exposure, though many other woods are suitable. Six feet of 1x12in board and 10ft of 1x10in board are sufficient for construction. (Actual board sizes normally are about 3/4x9-1/4in.) Dimensions may be varied to allow for slight differences in board widths or personal preferences, but spacing between partitions should remain approximately the same. Use rough lumber and turn all rough sides inward. The rough side of the ceiling should face down. Cut 1/16in horizontal grooves at 1/2in intervals on the smooth sides of all partitions. This enables bat climbing and roosting. Apply a bead of silicon caulk along each exterior joint to prevent heat loss. The estimated cost of materials is less than $20, and a single house may be occupied by 100 or more bats.Notes: Do not let the space between inner partitions exceed 1in. When house is completed, hang it 12-15ft above the ground on a tree trunk or side of a building facing south or southeast so it catches the morning sun, but is in the shade during mid-day. Provide a watering station or locate your bat house near a natural water source to increase your chance of attracting bats.

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1. This document is WEC32, one of a series of the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Original publication date June, 1991. Revised September, 2002. Reviewed September, 2002. Visit the EDIS Web Site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.
2. Amy K. Taylor, former undergraduate assistant; Frank J. Mazzotti, Ph.D., associate professor, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department, University of Florida, Everglades REC, Belle Glade, FL 33430, and Craig N. Huegel, former assistant extension scientist, Pinellas County, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611.

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