Bats causing problems for home and business owners

Updated: 08/07/2014 6:15 PM
Created: 08/07/2014 4:36 PM WHEC.com
By: Josh Nichols

Exterminators say bats can be a real problem this time of year. Old abandoned buildings are common gathering spots for the big brown bat, which is common in New York State. While bats are great outside, controlling the mosquito population, they are not so great inside your home. Bats inside the house can be a health hazard and a problem this time of year.

The brown bat is quite active this time of year. Sometimes they find themselves where they should not be, like homes or businesses.

Bob “The Batman” Witzel said, “There are some health issues involved when they are living in your residence. That's the biggest factor."

Bob “The Batman” Witzel runs a pest control service dealing just with bats. He says there is a good reason why he gets a spike in business this time of year. He says it all has to do with young bats just now maturing.

Witzel said, "It is the time of year the babies, the young of the year, are just starting to get out and flying around. It is a bunch of juveniles and they are doing all kinds of crazy juvenile things. They are driving people crazy. Every year, it is a little different. It is always in August."

Like any other wild animal, the best thing for them and for us is for them to be outside where they benefit our environment the most. It is a different story inside your home.

Larry Sorel, Seneca Park Zoo Director, said, “A bat is like any wild animal. They can carry disease so you do not want to be touching them. Bats are also a rabies vector in New York. So specifically, you do not want to get bit by a bat.”

Bats are actually more scared of you than you are of them. So if a bat manages to get inside your home or business and you do not know what to do, best thing to do is to call an expert or animal control.  

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