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Looking to Bats for Clues to Longevity

HealthDay Reporter – by Robert Preidt

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — New insights into what gives one bat species a long life span could offer clues to helping people live longer, scientists say.

European researchers analyzed DNA from about 500 wild bats from four species. Their focus was on telomeres, the protective structures on the end of chromosomes.

In humans and most other animals, telomeres shorten with age, causing aging-related breakdown of cells that lead to tissue deterioration and ultimately death.

That’s not the case with Myotis, the longest-lived species of bat. Compared to the other bat species, telomeres in this mouse-eared bat don’t shorten with age, according to the study authors.

To determine how these little brown bats maintain their telomeres, the researchers examined the animals’ genomes — their complete set of genes. The researchers compared them with those of 52 other mammals, focusing on 225 genes associated with the maintenance of telomeres.


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“Our results suggest that long-lived bats have evolved better mechanisms to prevent and repair age-induced cellular damage,” said study senior author Emma Teeling.

In particular, two genes — ATM and SETX — may drive this, said Teeling, a professor at University College Dublin in Ireland.

It appears that the bats may have evolved a unique process to lengthen their chromosomes without inducing cancer, she noted in a university news release.

Teeling said these are new results “that we need to further explore to uncover how bats can remain healthy as time passes.”

The findings are the first step in understanding the molecular mechanisms behind this bat species’ long life spans, according to the researchers. They hope they’ll eventually point to ways to slow aging in humans and extend human life spans.

The findings were published Feb. 7 in the journal Science Advances.



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Two New Dog Faced Bats Discovered in Panama & Ecuador

Researchers from the Panama-based Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) first came across the Freeman’s dog-faced bat inside abandoned wooden houses in the town of Gamboa in 2012. Over the course of five nights, the team captured 56 bats using specialized mist nets, took their measurements, then released them. They also recorded the bats’ calls and collected one individual that had died.


At the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C, the scientists compared their field observations, including DNA, sound recordings and body measurements of the bats, with existing museum collections from across the Americas and Europe, and confirmed that the bat was new to science. They named it Freeman’s dog-faced bat after Patricia Freeman, a bat specialist currently at the University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History.

“We were very lucky to catch several different individuals of this species in mist nets and to record their calls,” Thomas Sattler, who was one of the team members in Panama at the time of collection, told Smithsonian Insider. “Knowing their species-specific echolocation calls may make it possible to find them again in the future with a bat detector — without catching them—and to find out more about their distribution and habitat preferences.”

In fact, some STRI staff recently spotted pregnant females of the species in Gamboa in August 2017, and some young individuals the following month.

A Waorani dog-faced bat. Photo by Diego Tirira.
The newly described Freeman’s dog-faced bat. Photo by Thomas Sattler.

The Smithsonian team described the second new species — the slightly smaller Waorani dog-faced bat — from individuals collected by other naturalists and researchers from Ecuador’s rainforests. The team did not have any call recordings of the bats, so they confirmed its status by comparing the bats’ physical measurements and DNA with those of other museum specimens collected in Ecuador.

“Identifying two mammal species new to science is extremely exciting,” Ligiane Moras, lead author of the study who did part of this work as a fellow at NMNH, said in a statement.

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October is Bat Appreciation Month!

October is bat appreciation month.

This is the time when fall arrives and Halloween is on the horizon. We start to see images of bats more frequently. Many people think that bats are scary and unpleasant creatures, however, bats are an important part of our ecology.

Bats are mammals and there are 1000 species of bats in the world. There are 40 species of bats in the United States. They are extremely diverse and range from a bumblebee bat which weighs less than a dime, to a flying fox whose wings span almost six feet!

Myths and Facts

One myth about bats is that not a single species is actually blind.

Image result for bat imagesBats can fly at top speeds of 100 miles per hour!

Bats are misconstrued as pests when they are a form of pest control. About 70% of all bats eat their weight in mosquitoes each night.

Bats are pollinators for numerous plants. For example, Tequila is made from blue agave, and that is exclusively pollinated by Mexican long-nosed bats.

Only 3 bat species out of 1200 consume blood. Only 1 of those consumes blood exclusively- that is the vampire bat. They feed mostly on livestock– they could feed from humans, but it is a rare occurrence. Vampire’s use infrared radiation that detects body heat and their saliva contains an anticoagulant to stop blood from clotting while still feeding. This compound called Draculin, is being explored for its potential to break down blood clots in its victims.

Bats are also very long-lived for their size. SoImage result for bat imagesme bats can live forty years so scientists are researching bats secret to longevity.

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Bat Exclusion Time is Soon Approaching

Hello everybody, this is Jeff Norris, the Wildlife Trapper. On today’s podcast episode, I would like to speak about bats. Yup, flying rats, basically. Rats with wings. However you want to say it, it’s not really the truth, but is common thought amongst people on bats. Bats are very important to our environment. They keep down a lot of mosquitoes, different insects, so they are very important, but there becomes a time with any wildlife that their importance in the ecosystem is not outweighed by their human conflict they’re having by entering structures and such. Bats are one of the big ones. The more you let it go, the worse your problem gets. Never will get better, they’re not going to leave.

I want to go over a few things about myths with bats and so forth. First off, bats run off echolocation kind of like sonar, kind of like radar, but a little different. Kind of like they pick out a frequency and it comes back in 3D to them. With that, they really honed that skill and they can find the smallest of holes. Bats, people say, “oh, the bats are swooping me”, and there’s that and the other.  Well, we put off carbon dioxide, and CO2 is an attractant to different things including mosquitoes. A lot of times, the reason why bats are swooping towards you is for a food source, not for you. You are exhaling carbon dioxide, the mosquitoes are drawn to it, thus for you are the mosquito magnet, and the bat’s actually trying to help you by killing mosquitoes. In any amount, still not a comfortable situation for most people even knowing that.

Other dangers of they have is one, super high rabies carriers. If you’re in a house, and this is a protocol that we’ve gotten from the Health Department. If it’s an older person or a child, and I’ll be honest even if it was me, and I have fallen asleep, let’s say I fall asleep and the next morning there’s a bat in my bedroom. That bat’s going to get caught and tested for a rabies virus because their bites can be so small and so minute that you don’t even notice them. That’s why we always recommend with children and elderly, that people with disabilities, that happens that that bat gets tested.

Rabies ain’t no joke and it’s better to be safe than sorry. So you have a bat in your house and you have fallen asleep and you don’t know if you’ve been bitten or not, just get tested. Call us, we can come out, capture the bat, we can take it to the Health Department for you and get the process started. We’re very familiar with it.

If you let the bat escape, then things are a little different. We don’t have a bat to test. Therefore, you’re going to be treated like an exposure and you’re going to have to go through a series of rabies shots. No, they’re not in the stomach no more, but nevertheless, I have not known any one person that’s taken them, either post or pre, that has not gotten sick from them. They make you sick. They’re like having the flu. No fun, not something I would want to do if I didn’t have to, so don’t let the bat out, don’t let anybody smash the bat, kill the bat. Call us, we’ll come out. We do charge a fee, it’s a business, but we’ll come out, we’ll capture the bat, we’ll get it over to the Health Department and get tested for ya. That’s number one.

Number two is all their feces and guano carry, which feces is guano, let’s clear that out of the way. I say guano, I’m referring to bat feces or bat poop or whatever you want to call it, that’s what guano is. Guano is a combination of urine and fecal matter coming out of the same hole because they have what they call a common anus, and it all comes out the same hole and mixes together. So that’s why it’s so sticky and sticks to buildings and stuff, because it’s wet when it hits. The guano, there’s other problems with that. High quantities of it can put people into … it’s a respiratory irritant all by itself. It’s not a pleasant smell. I’ve been in houses where my eyes have burned from it. Proper care should be taken. Universal precautions, a mask, rubber gloves and stuff when cleaning it up. Do not sweep it dry. If it’s dry, wet it down, or even wet it down with a capful of bleach to a gallon of water mixture, which will kill the nasties living in it and you won’t have to deal with it.

What’s the big thing with the guano? Histoplasmosis, number one thing, histo. Funny thing is, two forms of histo, not just one. There’s a respiratory histo, which everybody seems to talk about, and there’s an ocular histo, or histoplasmosis of the eyes, which I’m fortunate enough to have a friend who is a eye doctor and we were having this discussion one time, and I realized how common it was. It’s very common. He says it’s usually from people up North that have it who’ve lived in farm houses and stuff, but he says he sees three or four cases a year just here in the Bradenton area. 

That kind of astounds me, I was kind of like wow, I didn’t realize ocular histo was so common. It’s probably more common than the respiratory histo because no matter what, everybody tries to scare you and stuff with histoplasmosis, the fact is, there is no cases I know of in the state of Florida that have been tracked down to histoplasmosis from bats living in a building. Caves? Yes, but not buildings. So the guys running round out there saying ‘oh [inaudible 00:08:06] give me histoplasmosis and stuff. It’s a chance, but it’s very minute. In hundreds and hundreds of years, we have not had any histo transmitted from buildings in Florida, so we can get that off the plate.

Ocular on the other hand does transmit and you need to be careful. You need to use personal protective equipment and constitute universal precautions when dealing with this. Eyewear, mask, gloves, bleach and water. That pretty much stabilizes it, makes it pretty safe to remove. Don’t use the blower. So many times I’ve seen guys that have bats on docks or whatever and they just one of their guys going out there every morning blowing that crap, for less of better terms, off the docks. Well you’re blowing disease everywhere possibly, and it’s just not good, it’s not safe. Wet it down, put it in a pile, show it up, double-bag it, throw it in the dumpster, but don’t blow it, you know use an air blower on it. Man, I just back pack blower or anything, I’ve seen it time and time again. Same way bird droppings, they’re just out there scrubbing it, no universal precautions. Histo’s in birds too, probably more so than bats. You’ve got to be careful. You’ve got to use some brains when cleaning up animal feces and stuff.

Talk about respiratory histo, which produces, from my understanding, like a fungus in your respiratory system. Ocular, I’ve not studied the ocular much, I’m not a doctor, and I guess I have all the information I really need personally on it. Be careful when you’re around it and you won’t get it. Those are my terms. As far as knowing, obviously it affects your eyesight, and maybe I’ll get lucky enough I could have this doctor come on one podcast with me and explain it, that would be kind of cool. That actually would be really cool, so I have to work on that.

Bats and buildings. The urine builds up, the guano, which is the urine and feces build up quickly in buildings. There will be piles of it. It will stain, it will get down into the wood, it will soak in. A lot of the damage that bats do isn’t so much from them, it’s the cleanup. It’s the guano all over the side of a building, it’s their grease marks getting in and out, it’s the guano on the inside, just all those things. Here’s the biggest mistake people make. This is just, I’m going to say it, if you do this, you are an idiot. An absolute idiot, and I will tell you a story why. If you have bats in your house, don’t believe everything you read on the internet or what your friends tell you because your friends probably are not professionals. You cannot go up at night and just fill in the holes, because not all of the bats are out. You might get lucky, but you probably won’t, and then you’ll have dead bats in your house or bats trying to find other exits and end up in your living area and we talked about rabies shots already, right? So don’t do it. It’s not the thing to do. It’s the most uneducated thing you can do with bats. Don’t do it.

Handymen? Handymen, let me tell you something. You’re not licensed to do it, stay away from it. Stop it. You guys don’t know what you’re doing nine out of ten times and we end up coming back and cleaning up your mess and all you’ve done is give the homeowner more grief and I’ll be honest, if I have to come behind a handyman, there’s at least a 25% charge for cleaning up his mess. So in the long run, it’s much more expensive for your customer. Refer them to a professional, keep doing what you’re doing, get the paint job afterward. Get the pressure washing job afterwards. Plenty of work out there, but do not play bat evictor. You will probably not do a very good job and you’re opening yourself up for even criminal penalties because you don’t have a pest control license.

Bats, it’s an easy process. It’s not really rocket science. You’ve just got to get rid of them. Now their season, and this is the reason I’m doing this podcast, their season is closed from April 15th to August 15th. This allows the maternal colonies to have their babies. During such time, the babies are flightless and cannot leave the roost and will die if you exclude the parents. So you put up a bat valve, exclude the parents for a few days, and sealed up, all the babies are inside, they’re going to starve to death, but you know better yet what they’re going to do? They’re going to stink. They’re going to stink horribly. Then you’ll call me out to get all the dead animals out of your walls and stuff, which brings me to my story.

There is a place down in Charlotte County, I won’t mention any names, that had us come out for a quote on getting the bats out of a condominium owned by ex-preachers, or retired preachers, I shouldn’t say ex. Retired clergy. So they have us come out and the whole board’s there and they ask me a bunch of questions and stuff and I probably, trying to explain the process to them, probably gave them more info than I needed to. So by the time I got done, they thought they were experts, and they did an exclusion. Well, they didn’t do it right, and they ended up with bats dead in walls up to three foot deep. It ended up being a several hundred thousand dollar claim if anyone tried to turn into their insurance company. The homeowners said to them said, “I don’t know why they tried to do it, we had a company come out and give a bid”, and I talked to that homeowner and they got one of my cards, and they said, “Yeah, it was this company.”

So the insurance guy calls me and says, “Hey, did you give a bid to this company, or to this project?” And I said yes. He goes, “Can I get a copy of that?” “Yup, sure can.” Now it wasn’t a cheap bid, I think it was $25,000, pretty good size building, a lot of work, lifts, definitely not something that was going to be done in one or two days. About a week project, with several guys on the job. So this guy calls and wants to know about it and I tell him and he tells me he’s an insurance adjuster, and I said oh, okay, you running it through insurance? He goes, “Well we’re trying.” I’m like why? He goes, “You didn’t hear?” I said no.

So he explains what happened, and they basically killed all these bats in the walls, and then they had to pull all the drywall, all the studs, had to put people up in the hotels, it was a mess. It was all done because people half listen and think they know more than everybody and attempt things that they shouldn’t attempt doing. I get homeowners need to do their own little projects around house, I totally get it, but we’re not talking about a raccoon getting a trashcan here. We’re talking about messing with other people’s lives, and their health and trying to pull off a magic act without going to magic school.

That’s what they did, and it was a mess, and they ended up getting their claim denied and the bad thing was, these homeowners who’ve already been out and displaced and everything else are now getting assessed money to pay for the cleanup and renovations of their properties that the assessment would have been a tenth hiring me had it been done right, and the bats would still be alive and these people wouldn’t have to be living in hotels, and these people would have had a normal life from day to day. Except for I might have taken a parking spot for a couple of days with my lift. Other than that, that would be probably the biggest inconvenience they would have had.

If you get what I’m saying is if you don’t know about it, don’t mess with it, don’t think you can educate yourself enough on the internet for it, because I’ll tell you what, if that was the case, I wouldn’t have a job. If those sprinkle things to get rid of raccoons worked or if the ultrasonic devices worked, I would not have a job. I would not be here for 20 years doing this, and I’d be out of business. It’s funny when we see all these little magical things that come on TV like saw one the other day to get rid of raccoons or something. I laugh, and I took a picture of it and posted it on one of the industry forms and said, ‘oh guys, go ahead and close the shops, we’re done. The raccoon ranger or whatever is there now and everybody’s going to buy this.’ Whatever. 

Mothballs. Mothballs, another one man. God. Don’t do mothballs. Mothballs will work, but they have to be in high concentrations, and if they’re in that high a concentration, then you’re not going to be able to live there. Taking in fact, I had a lady who had something in her attic up in Sun City. When I walked up to the house I could smell the mothballs, when she opened the door, it floored me. This lady’s sucking for an ounce of air. She’s literally like (gasping) hello. I’m like oh my God. We get her out of the house, find out that okay, who put the mothballs in? Yup, the handyman. Something crazy, like six or seven boxes of mothballs in her attic.

The humidity activates them, they start smelling, wadabam, wadaboom, we all know what happened. Well missy, the lady there ended up in the hospital, had to call her children. Ended up having to have all the insulation replaced in the house and aired out and oh, three machines put in and I don’t think it was a whole lot, about a 12 or 14 thousand dollar expense by the time it was done, they had wrapped up into it and their mother in the hospital.

Why? Because again, got a handyman that doesn’t know what he’s doing trying to perform pest control services without a license and guess what. Hello? That’s why we’re licensed. That’s why we have to have continuing education, that’s why we have to show proficiency. So we don’t do hair brained stupid stuff like this. There you go. I hate to be real, but mothballs are going to keep moths out of your closet. That’s what they’re designed to do, and if you read the label on them, that’s what it says. It doesn’t say it’s going to keep raccoons from pissing in your flowerbed, it doesn’t say it’s going to keep them out of your trashcan, it doesn’t say it’s going to make rats go away.

I got a house right now that we’re trapping rats six inches away from his mothballs that he has left there. I have pictures. It’s hilarious. It’s absolutely hilarious, I have a rat trap right next to the paper plate with the mothballs, and I’m catching rats. Come on. I wish they’d take mothballs off the market. Let the moths live. Moths lives matter. And yeah, that’s my rant for that.

April 15th to August 15th’s the baby season, again, so we’re in the last week of July and we’re gearing up for our bat season to start, and we’ve got several people already with a … it’s on the books to start rip out jobs on August 15th, and we’d like to have more, so if you guys are having a bat problem, free estimate, give us a call, we’ll come out. We’ll give you the low down on what’s going on there and try to help you, and give you an estimate of getting rid of them in a safe and humane manner. That’s all I got, so if you guys have any bat questions, two things we’re getting here in Florida, mostly the Tampa Bay area is the free-tailed bat and the evening bat. I see more free-tails than anything. They’re not the great big African fruit bats that have wing spans of four to six feet, get that out of your head. Unless they’ve escaped from someone, but our bats are small here.

Oh something also I wanted to tell you is here in the near future we have some plans on getting some old pallettes and doing some recycle work and turning them into bat houses and then either donating them to the county or to one of the wildlife societies to be put up around the county, and I’m thinking maybe we can do some cool little project with some kids and we build some bat houses and just have fun. Just have a good fun day with it and make it where you enjoy some time. Maybe we’ll do that with the grand opening of our new office, but build some bat houses. Bat houses do work, they do, you’ve just got to do it right. They will work. It doesn’t happen overnight, but there are some tricks and tips to making bat houses work and we plan on putting on a little seminar with that. Having some fun building some bat houses, teaching some kids about the environment and such and there.

Wish I could think out my sentences, I would get a lot more spoken but it’s a bad habit I need to break. Any other questions, give us a call, 866-263-9453, catch us on the web at WildlifeTrapper.com, Facebook, Facebook.com/wildlife.trapper, and I hope to hear from you all, give us some feedback, subscribe, that’s how we’ve become popular is a few subscriptions and feedback comments. Let us know you’re listening to it, let us know you like it, and stay tuned for some more sessions where we can hopefully help you with human-wildlife conflicts. Thanks. Bye bye.

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Closing of Bat Season is Fast Approaching



Our phones have been starting to “ring'” off the hook with: ” HELP, I HAVE BATS!” Homeowners will be noticing more and more bat activity,  because bats are searching for the perfect nesting place. April 15th- August 15th is bat maternity season. During this time bats can not be excluded due to the fact that of flightless young.  If you are seeing current bat activity give us a call so we can come out and inspect your property. We offer full service  Bat Exclusions, including the removal of the bats thru an exclusion process, sealing of their entry points and clean-up of the guano that they have left behind. We are taking appointments now and would love to give your property a FREE Bat inspection. Don’t wait until it’s too late and the season closes, April 15th -August 15th, call today and secure an inspection date.




I’d like to talk today about bats. A lot of misconceptions going around with how to get rid of bats out of your house. I just want to try to clear some of them up and clarify things, so you have a little bit better experience than what’s possible.

First off when bats leave at night, you can not just run out and seal the hole. It does not work. You need to have a valve or exclusion system put in place that’s up for up for a minimum of 5 to 10 days. Now you say, “Wow, five to ten days,” well the reason for that is is because the weather sometimes. You have to kind of start the clock over and make sure you get them all out because when they get cold, bats go into something called torper, it’s kind of like hibernation, and they don’t fly out, they kind of rest up and sleep. You don’t want to be doing bat exclusions when the temperatures are falling below 50 degrees, because it’s a waiting game. You got to wait until the temperatures come up. We like to give it five good days after the temperature is up, and then remove the valve or exclusion process and seal up the entry points.

Second thing is foam, I don’t even know where to start with foam. Foam has got to be the worst possible thing when it comes to wildlife control. Not only do they chew through it, they eat it, it obstructs their intestines and bowels and causes wildlife to die. It seems like every homeowner I go to has tried to fix something, they used foam. Stay away from the foam people. Spray foam, great stuff, stuff like that, it’s insulation. It’s used for filling gaps and cracks and weather tightness and so on and so forth. It’s not made to keep rodents out. It’ll keep insects out, but it’s not made to keep rodents out.

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Another thing I want to discuss is the timing of doing bats, from April 15th to August 15th I believe, is a maternal season, you are not allowed to exclude bats during this time. Why? Because they’re having babies, and they’re flightless, and they can’t do nothing. The babies can’t fly out. So you exclude the parents out, the mother bats, the maternal colony, you exclude them out and you got a bunch of baby bats in there, which have one bat per bat. Have one baby per bat, and they die and they drop down into crevices and walls and stuff and what we like to call the ooey, gooey syndrome because it’s nasty. I’ve seen $100,000 worth of damage to some condos because some gentleman that were on the board thought they knew more than the professionals, and it wasn’t covered under their insurance because they got a quote from a professional. They decided not to go on that route and do it themselves, and you know the insurance actually called us as an expert witness against the condo association. Because we went out, we told them what we needed to do, and they basically got cheap.

Bad things can happen. You have to replace drywall, studs, because bat ooey gooey seeps everywhere. Places you didn’t even know existed. In that case it seeped down from the top floor to the first floor. From the second to the first floor. It contaminated two, two condos. Actually many, but two as in top and bottom level. So don’t do that. If you don’t know what you’re doing, let the professionals do it like myself. It’s just much cheaper in the long run.

Bats, two different types that we have here is free-tail and the evening primarily. You see more free-tails as opposed to evening bats. Seems to be they’re much more prevalent in the Bradenton and Sarasota area. We find a few evenings up in Tampa, Brandon, Valrico area. For the most part we deal with a lot of free-tails. Types of things to use to exclude. They’re several products on the market, but you got to use the right ones and you got to know how to use them. It’s not something you can read a couple things on the internet and be like, “Whoop, I’m a bat expert.” It doesn’t work that way.

The other thing is there’s another great, great point and I will definitely do a podcast on this in the future, people reading stuff and becoming experts off the internet. It’s all well and great, but for the most part they’re reading information that is not conducive to Florida conditions. We have litters of raccoons 12 months out of the year in Florida. There’s a frost line that goes right about Brooksville across, and we have different species south of that, than they have north of that. Like they have flyers, we don’t have flyers. We have iguanas, they really don’t have iguanas. I’ve dealt with one flyer issue in 20 years south of Tampa. They don’t exist down here. What are some other things they have? Pocket gophers. You can go up through [inaudible 00:06:25] and you’ll see packet gopher mounds all over the place. You’re not going to see them here. It’s just in the conditions are not right for those species to be south of that line.

If you notice on the radar, morning weather shows on TV and stuff, you’re going to notice that. Bristol and that area gets colder than the Tampa Bay region a lot of times. It’s weird but that’s the way it is.

Back to the bats. Another thing is bat houses. People are like, “What if I put a bat house up, will they go to the bat house?” No they won’t. Not usually. They’re not going to leave your house to go there probably, very seldom does that happen. What happens is you’re giving more bats an area to come to. So you have the bats in your house, they’re each having one baby, and when that colony is getting too big, they need someplace else to go, okay there’s a bat house there. Bat houses are great, don’t get me wrong. I think that bat houses, if they’re manned properly, are one of the best ecosystem things out there. They kill thousands of mosquitoes which we all know carry the Zika virus and other things. I’m not downing bat houses, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not going to suck the bats out of your house to the bat house.

Second thing is biggest mistake people put up. People put up a bat house. They say, “I put this thing up and it’s been up here for years and I haven’t got any bats in there.” Well let me tell you a little trick. Get you some bat guano and rub on the inside of that bat house, with a pair of gloves obviously. Scent that bat house up. You’ll be surprised. Bats will start coming to that bat house because they smell the guano. That’s one of the things that attracts them to areas is other bats and guano. If they smell the guano, they figure it’s safe, and poof, they start using the bat house.

Bats are amazing. Most people will say they’re flying and getting in my hair. Normally when people get hit by a bat it’s because it’s avoiding another bat in flight, or the bats have collided and one them has come down and landed on you. That’s normally what happens. They’ll come close, but hey, their echo location is good. Its real good. I think it rivals some of the military stuff at times. Their echo location is some of the best out there. People are like, “Oh, they’re swooshing.” It’s really not. You’re putting out CO2, bugs are being attracted to you, and the bats are being attracted to the bugs, think about that.

Here’s another biggie and I want to take a minute to touch on it because a lot of people don’t understand. We come to a call that’s got bats in the house. Where you actually have free flying bats inside the house. Well I’ll be honest with you. If it’s been a child or an elderly person in that bedroom the bat was found in or seen in, or in that house I would go, I would suggest catching the bat by a professional, and having that professional get with the local health department and have it tested. Because from what the health department is telling me, they’re treating it like an exposure, because bat bites are so small. They’re not real noticeable at times. If you get a bat in your house, I would probably go through the system and let them get the bat tested and find out what’s going on. If it’s got rabies, then decisions got to be made about post exposure shots. That’s a big thing though. People die of rabies. It’s not a joke. The levels in bats are very high.

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Another thing I want to talk about is some of the pest control companies and wildlife companies out there scaring the living crap out of the homeowner with a term called histoplasmosis. Is it a concern, yes. Is it in your house, probably not. There’s not been one documented case of histoplasmosis in Florida coming from a house. Now I’ve heard of it up north in these old farm houses where they’ve just been there for years. I’ve heard of it in caves and stuff and different parts of the region, like Texas and stuff, but where there’s just millions of bats in there. But as far I now, and as far as what FWC is publishing, there’s never been a case of histoplasmosis from a residence. Them trying to sell all the miracle spray and stuff, it’s odor control guys. It’s not histo.

I have a friend that’s an eye doctor, let me back up a bit, histo comes in two forms. It comes in a respiratory form and an ocular form. Basically you can get in your lungs or you can get it in your eyes. Ocular histoplasmosis is more common than you think. I have a friend that’s an eye doctor and we discussed this one day and he says he sees it, but he mostly sees it from people up north. Ocular histo, I don’t know if FWC’s statement of no histo has been found in houses that’s been confirmed to transmission to humans is only respiratory, because that’s the worst kind or if it’s ocular too. Probably I’ll talk to the doctor over there at FWC and find that out. There is two different kinds. Ocular histoplasmosis and the type respiratory that you get in your lungs. Two things to be concerned with.

I went to a guys house two days ago, had rats in his attic, roof rats, and a company come out there and says that we won’t do the exclusion trapping unless you spray your house. Get sort of a pheromones, it kills all the blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, and I’ll be honest, I don’t even think this company that’s putting it out there has got a license to be claiming it kills anything. Because there’s two types of licenses in Florida and again, that will be another podcast, but unless you have a pest control license, you can’t be claiming to kill stuff like that. Bacteria’s, and raccoon roundworm, things like that, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. If you’re not licensed for it and allow it. We have customers that want it because they’ve heard so much about it and we sell it for pennies compared to the other companies. This company told this guy, “If you don’t do this spray, we’re not going to do your exclusion.” I’ll be honest with you, I sold this job for about $900 to a two story house excluded it all out and everything. The other company wanted $675 alone to spray it. $675, blows my mind.

Each person has their own way of selling and stuff and I get it, but do your research people. Don’t do it off wildlife trapper out of Texas or something. Go to universities, go to, like with bats, Bat Conservation International is a great source of facts and resources for bats there. Go to your state DNR. The CDC, these are people with trusted information. Again, I’ll talk about that in that podcast. We talked about getting misinformation off the internet. But for that, that pretty much sums it up. Get a bat in the house, treat it like it bit someone, get it tested. If you got bats in your house and you’re not sure how to deal with it, don’t risk it. Trust me, it’s a whole lot more expensive on the back end to do it yourself, guarantee it. Have any question or concerns, our website is wildlifetrapper.com and our phone number is 1-866-263-WILD. Again it’s 866-263-9453, have a great day.


Fun Facts About Bats [Wildlife Removal Services in Lakewood Ranch]

BATS [Wildlife Removal Services Lakewood Ranch]

Believe it or not, BATS  are the world’s only true flying mammal. They are very beneficial and can eat their weight in insects, even those pesky mosquitoes, and in doing so they keep nature in balance.

A cluster of bats some hanging upside down by their feet.


Bats become a problem when they have found a way to take up residence within an occupied building or home. Bats are not beneficial when this happens, and they need to be dealt with by a professional ASAP. How can I know if there are bats in my home? Sometimes it is as simple as you or a neighbor seeing them fly out of a particular area of your home at dusk. Other times you may notice what appears to be small black grains of rice on the ground or stuck to your exterior walls, this is guano (bat droppings which extreme caution should be used when trying to remove or clean). If you have observed any of these things, please call a trusted professional at Nuisance Wildlife Removal. We service Lakewood Ranch and other surrounding areas. You may even have a foul odor or stench coming from one particular room, this would be from the guano in the attic, when the temperature rises it tends to make the smell stronger. More often than not, some people can hear them scampering about or even making the high pitched “chattering” that they do. Bats can live nearly everywhere people can live. Although they prefer a much warmer climate like that of attics, chimneys, wall, or high-rise office and apartment buildings. In nature they can usually be found in trees or caves. Bats are attracted to areas with especially mild climates and lots of insects.

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  • The smallest mammal alive today is the bumblebee bat. Found only in Thailand and Myanmar, the bumblebee bat is no bigger than a bee and weighs only about as much as a dime. The tiny bat beats its wings so fast that it can hover in place like a hummingbird and is so rare that it was unknown to science until 1974.
  • Some bats can walk. Vampire bats, for instance, often crawl undetected onto the bodies of their sleeping prey to bite them and sip their blood.
  • Researchers believe that Anoura fistulata, the nectar bat from Ecuador, is the only bat that can pollinate the flowering plant, Centropogon nigricans.
  • The Mexican free-tailed bat is the fastest flying mammal with a top speed of 60 miles per hour (97 kph).

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Bat Removal from Ellenton Home

Bat Removal from Ellenton Home

A few months ago, these Ellenton residents started smelling a rotten egg odor and thought that there was a dead animal in the house. The resident states that it has been so stressful to go through this situation. “You don’t know how stressful!” She would like people to know, they need to make sure their homes are checked! Holes must be filled in– she states that she wouldn’t like anyone else to have the same problem.

If you see or smell any evidence that nuisance animals have taken up residence in your home or on your property, please call a professional!

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Bat Removal Services Available in Bradenton

Humane Wildlife Removal and Control Experts in Bat Removal


Bat Removal Experts
Bat Removal Experts

Our phones have been starting to “ring'” off the hook with: ” HELP, I HAVE BATS!” With the juvenile bats starting to take flight homeowners will be noticing more and more bat activity, and those that noticed it before will be saying; ” IT’S TIME, CAN YOU PLEASE DO SOMETHING, NOW!.”  Well YES you can, just give us a call and we will get you scheduled for a inspection.

Bat Problems Addressed

We offer full service  Bat Exclusions, including the removal of the bats thru an exclusion process, sealing of their entry points and clean-up of the guano that they have left behind.

We are taking appointments now and would love to give your property a FREE Bat inspection.