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Common Types of Bats in MA & How to Get Rid of Them

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Bats and the types of Bats Framingham may have – they’re the only flying mammal in the world, yet they have one of the single worst reputations of any mammal in the world. Wholly unique and very beneficial to the surrounding environment, they can also sometimes be a bit of a pest if they decide to call your garage or attic home. Understanding the types of bats you may see in Massachusetts, though, can help you learn more about what you’re dealing with and what steps you should take if you want to remove them from your home or garage.

There are two primary types of bats in Massachusetts – the little brown bat and the big brown bat. They look a bit alike, but their size varies quite a bit. Little brown bats are usually just four to five inches in length. Big brown bats can grow up to eight inches in length. Both types have short, soft fur across their bodies. Their wings tend to be a slightly darker brown. Little brown bats form fairly large colonies, typically consisting of hundreds of bats at a time. Big brown bats, though, live in groups of less than two hundred at a time. 

Wondering about the higher profile bats that you hear so much about like fruit bats and vampire bats? Don’t worry, those two types of bats don’t live here. Even if they did, though, they’d be just as beneficial for the environment. Why are bats so important? Some bats, like fruit bats, help to spread seeds or pollinate plants.

In Massachusetts, however, bats are important for another reason. All of the bats that live in the state are insectivores. At night when they fly out of their roosting spot, they catch thousands of mosquitoes and other problem insects that you certainly don’t want in your yard later.

How to Get Rid of Bats and Protect Your Home Now

Bats are amazing creatures. They are the single best way to control the insect population in a given space. The problem, though, is that they’ve gotten quite a bad rap over the years. Many people are seriously afraid of these little creatures, and while they can’t really do any serious harm to people, they can certainly tear up your attic or garage in a hurry. While it’s best to typically leave bats alone, if they’ve invaded your space, and you want to know how to get rid of bats, these tips can help.

  • Make Certain They’re Actually Living In Your Space: Bats tend to sleep all day, so you may not actually be sure if you have bats in your attic. Fortunately, there are a few signs that you can watch for to determine whether you have a problem. If you’ve actually found a bat in your home, it’s possible you have a whole colony living in your space. If you’ve heard a fluttering or scratching at dusk or dawn, it’s possible you’re dealing with a bat infestation. Additionally, if you see bat droppings in one particular area, you may also have a bat problem. To tell for sure, take your lawn chair outside as sunset hits. Look up and around your house to decide whether you see any bats leaving their roost for the night. If you do have them, you’ll notice them head out for a solid feeding.
  • Identify the Spaces Where They’re Coming In and Leaving: The next step is to figure out exactly where they’re coming in. Bats tend to have several entry holes leading in, so you’ll want to identify all of those if you’re going to keep them out. 
  • Choose an Exclusion Method: There are all kinds of exclusion methods available, and we’ll help you choose the right one to meet your needs.
  • Seal Everything: After you’re sure everyone is out, be sure you seal absolutely everything. Bats tend to have fairly long memories, so you’ll have to keep a close eye on things over the next few seasons.
  • Time for a Good Cleaning: If bats have been living in your home, you’re going to have to deal with the droppings and urine. Often it can corrode your wood or drywall. it can also create mold, which can lead to further problems. Be sure to follow a good bat cleanup process to the “T” to prevent ongoing health issues.

Learning how to get rid of bats isn’t an easy process, but it's important to know the safest way to tackle this issue!

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