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Montana Bat Control Services
Bats are becoming more and more of a property-maintenance problem throughout western Montana. Bats are beneficial, but can also be dangerous. They can inflict significant damage to property while creating health-related problems if not properly addressed. Often, bat problems are discovered at vacation properties and lake cabins while the properties are not in use. We are also discovering increased bat problems for commercial and business properties. We employ techniques to remove the bat infestation from your property and then seal the building to ensure the bats do not return.
Common Species of Western Montana
Big Brown Bat
A larger bat with overall brown to copper-colored fur. The muzzle is distinctively round and dark. Forearm length is 43-52mm. The uropatagium is unfurred on the posterior half and a keel is present on the calcar. goes here.
One of North America’s smallest bats with a wingspan of 9-10 inches (22-26 centimeters) and weighing 0.1-0.2 ounces (3-5 grams). Similar to Western Small-footed Myotis in appearance, but distinctive characters include a steep sloping forehead, a rostrum that is short and delicate in appearance, and a tail that does not extend beyond the border of the tail membrane.
Eastern Red Bat.
Your The Eastern Red Bat is a moderately-sized lasurine (7 to 15 g) with long pointed wings and heavily-furred interfemoral membrane. Pelage overall is reddish, lighter on the belly than the back. Ears are low and rounded, tragus triangular, forearm length about 39 to 41 mm. It has large teeth. goes here.
Bats of Montana
If you Would like to learn more about Montana Bats check out the Montana Field Guide by clicking the link Provided. http://fieldguide.mt.gov/displaySpecies.aspx?family=Vespertilionidae
Public Health Concerns
Histoplasmosis is a disease associated with bats. Its symptoms vary greatly, but the disease primarily affects the lungs. Occasionally, other organs are affected. When this happens it can be fatal if untreated.
In addition, Histoplasmosis is caused by a fungus that grows in soil and material contaminated with droppings from animals, including bats. Droppings, also known as bat guano, can contaminate the soil and cause infectious spores to be released when the soil is disturbed.
Even though it can be found throughout the world, it is widespread in certain areas of the U.S. and can be found in places that harbor large populations of bats, including man-made structures and caves.
While most infected persons have no apparent ill effects, antifungal medications are used to treat many forms of the disease.
Rabies Exposure: A preliminary bat eviction/venting inspection may reveal the risk of human exposure to the bats and the possibility of transmission of Rabies through contact with a bat. Bats often enter the living space of homes due to their roost being in close proximity to open windows, doors, and attic access panels and doors. Bat bites and other physical contact may go undetected by individuals who are asleep. For this reason, clients should be informed of the risk of a bat or bats entering the living space of the structure during the eviction/venting process and should take every precaution to avoid direct contact with a bat or bats.
Several highly fatal diseases have been linked to bats.
Rabies is perhaps the most well known disease associated with bats. Along with animals such as dogs, foxes, raccoons, and skunks, bats are one of the primary animals that transmit rabies.
An exposure to bat rabies most commonly occurs when a person is bitten by a rabid bat. It can also be transmitted when the saliva from a rabid bat comes in contact with a person’s mouth, eyes, nose, or a fresh wound.
When a person is exposed to rabies, timely administration of a vaccine known as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) can prevent infection. Once a person becomes infected and symptoms begin to occur, rabies is almost always fatal. Each year in the United States, up to 30,000 persons receive PEP due to potential exposure to a rabid animal, including bats.
Information Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/
Professional Bat Exclusion & Control
Residential and commercial properties are equally desirable for bats to live in. A bat needs a space no more than an inch wide and a 1/3 of an inch tall to gain access into a dwelling. Most bats will colonize in the gable vents, behind shutters, under siding, behind the trim boards, and sometimes in an old chimney. Bats are social creatures and live in colonies that can range from hundreds to thousands. Shortly before sunset most of the bats will emerge from the dwelling to seek out food and water throughout the night time hours. (Never assume that all the bats are out at once.) Even though they have poor eyesight, they navigate and find their food using echolocation. Their diet consists of insects, which play an important role in the ecosystem keeping most insect pests to desirable levels for humans.
Bat Control Missoula
Serving Western Montana
Locally owned and headquartered in Missoula, MT
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CUSTOMIZED HOME BAT PREVENTION AND CONTROL PROGRAMS
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- Residential Single Family Homes
- Apartment Complexes
- Home Owner Associations
- Rental and Vacation Homes
If you rent out your property or vacation rental you want your guests to enjoy a pest free enviornment. Often times, Bats are discovered at vacation properties and lake cabins. Bats are great because they eat the bugs that surround your properity. The problem is when they live in your attic space or inside your walls they can cause serious damage and health related issues. You do not want to deal with Bats while you are vacation at your cabin or home. Allow us to apply preventative measures to ensure that you do not find your vacation property or lake cabin infested with these pests.