Bats in the belfry, attic, basement or chimney? Scratching or scurrying noises in the ceiling? Foul odors in your home? Critter Control can help eliminate bats in your home and prevent them from re-entry. Call Critter Control of Virginia Beach for efficient bat control services. Photos Play Audio Pause Audio Identifying a bat There are over 1,200 species of bats in the world and they each share similar characteristics. Their wings closely resemble the human hand, with elongated fingers and webbed skin between the fingers and the body. Bats have short legs, sharp claws, large ears, and communicate/navigate using high-pitched squeaks. Bats eat insects and assist in keeping the population down. Humans and bats live in the same world fairly peacefully.. Except when bats establish a roosting area in residents homes. Bat Entry Bats can enter homes and buildings through an area as small as ¼ inch. While they seek a safe, quiet, and temperature steady area to roost, the attic or chimney in your home looks quite appealing. Bats are known to enter homes through openings between the roof edge and alleys, eaves, chimneys, attic or roof vents, and siding. If windows or doors are open, bats can also enter homes accidentally. Bat Damage Bats create damage inside of homes that is stinky, smelly, and difficult to remove. Bat guano will add up greatly over time, creating an unsafe home environment and a big mess. Depending on the size of the colony and how long they have been in your home will play a factor in the amount of damages to be repaired and removed. Attic insulation will be soiled and ruined - Bringing down your homes heating and cooling efficiency. Histoplasmosis When bat guano sits for sometime, fungal spores will grow. Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection that can grow within the bat guano. If inhaled, histoplasmosis can cause serious health problems for humans. Bat droppings should not be approached or removed by an untrained person. Bats can carry diseases, including rabies! If handled improperly, the diseases can be transmitted. Bat Control Critter Control of Virginia Beach offers professional bat control methods that will get rid of bats, repair bat damages, and prevent bats from entering your home. Each step of our bat control will keep the bats safe and assist in keeping your home safe from critter invasions for years to come. Your technician will assess the problem, identify all points of entry, seal the entry holes, and implement the necessary prevention methods for your unique situation. Critter Control of Virginia Beach Service Area Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Williamsburg, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton This franchise is independently licensed and operated by ADAY Services, Inc. dba Critter Control of Virginia Beach.