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 your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective bat removal services. Photos Play Audio Pause Audio Description Bats are insectivores, making them extremely beneficial to humans. A large colony of bats can eat up to 500,000 pounds of insects each night. They will consume common pests including mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, beetles, and moths. Though they are beneficial to humans, problems do arise when bats are in homes. Appearance The little brown bat and the big brown bat are most commonly found in homes throughout the Springfield area. They share very similar characteristics, making them easily identifiable. Wings that are broad webbed hands Short legs Sharp claws Large ears Light tan or yellowish to dark brown and black in color Bats have the ability to make high-pitched squeaks that aid in navigation, communication, and finding food. Habitat Bats are nocturnal. They seek dark and safe shelter during the day, where they will roost in groups numbering in the millions. They cling to the ceilings of caves, hollow trees, attics, and chimneys using their feet, and sleep. As dusk approaches, bats will awaken and fly out of the roosting area. Bats prefer to roost near ponds, lakes, pools, and other bodies of water where insect populations will be plentiful. Bats may enter your home in search of a safe and warm place to roost and raise their young. If you are hearing scratching in the attic or high-pitched chirps from the chimney, you may have bats in your home. Bat Problems Bat Entry Bats are commonly found inside of homes and barns, roosting in chimneys, attics, and walls. Being so small, bats are able to enter homes through the smallest, most unnoticeable holes. Occasionally, during the summer months while they are learning to fly, bat pups will accidentally enter a home through open doors or windows. Bat Damage Bats and humans generally coexist peacefully. Once a bat population has been established in a home, things change and damages begin to accumulate. A bat population inside chimneys or attics will create an extensive mess of droppings. These bat droppings (bat guano) can cause severe health problems, as it can harbor dangerous fungal spores such as histoplasmosis. Bat guano will also create stains and odors throughout your home that will be unpleasant and difficult to remove. Bat Control Trapping & Removal Critter Control of Springfield offers professional bat trapping and bat exclusion techniques. Our approaches to getting rid of bats in the attic are safe, efficient, and effective. Control & Safety Despite their reputation, only less than half of one percent of bats actually carries the virus. Nevertheless, bats should never be picked up or grabbed by an untrained homeowner. In order to keep colonies of the creatures from roosting in attics or returning, Critter Control of Springfield will take precautions by covering or sealing all vents, holes, chimneys, windows, and gaps leading inside homes. We can help you get rid of bat problems. Call Critter Control of Springfield today. Critter Control of Greater Springfield Service Area Springfield, Battlefield, Nixa, Ozark, Branson, Joplin, Republic, Strafford, Rogersville, Sparta This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Jeff Archer Services, Inc, dba Critter Control of Kansas City, MO.