Over the years, we at Nuisance Animal Removal have come to realize that our clients and customers often take an interest in wildlife, local animals, our removal methods, and the wildlife removal industry in general.
As wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts ourselves, we're happy to take time and talk with you about wildlife, the outdoors, and the animal removal industry. Whether it's a customer or complete stranger, people seem eager to learn more about wildlife and the experiences we gain through our work.
We want to dedicate this page to educational purposes for anyone - from customers and students seeking information for a project to
people who are simply curious about wildlife in general. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.
Bats in Massachusetts
Massachusetts is home to 9 species of bats. Of those 9 species, the ones most commonly found in homes are little brown bats and big brown bats. All species of bats in the MA and Cape Cod areas are insect-eating, flying mammals. They are also nocturnal, meaning they are only active at night time. Their active time period can extend into dusk and dawn.
Bats hunt insects using their sonar-like echolocation systems. These same systems also allow them to fly freely in complete darkness.
Bats are extremely active in the late spring through September when the weather is warm and insects are abundant. We've noticed over the past few years that the length of bats' high-activity period has been growing.
In colder months, most bat species will either migrate south or fly great distances to caves and mines in western MA and NY for the winter. Big brown bats will often stay in buildings for the winter and roost close together for warmth.
Understand the Benefits of Bats
In Massachusetts, we deal with the annual scare of being bitten by a mosquito carrying diseases that are harmful to humans. In one night, a single bat consumes more than 3,500 small
insects, most of which are mosquitoes.
A recent study shows that the big brown bat population location within the boundaries of route 128 consumes over 15 tons of mosquitoes and other insects each summer. Bats are integral to our ecosystem by helping to keep insect populations under control.
Bats in Homes
Little brown bats and big brown bats are the 2 species you'll most often find in homes and buildings in MA. Bats enter homes through open vents, chimneys, damaged areas, and other small voids along the roof line. Bats can squeeze through gaps that are as small as a pink
are inside a home or building, the entire colony will nest somewhere between the walls or a confined area in the attic. Bat infestations often go undetected unless they're seen flying from the home around dusk or if one makes its way into the home's living space.
Typically, bats only find their way into a living space in the summer when the attic they're staying in has gotten too hot and they're searching for a cooler place to roost. Sometimes, it's simply a case of a bat getting lost on its way back to the colony. This can often happen when young bats are learning to fly.
Bat Rabies and Other Diseases
The 2 diseases associated with bats are rabies and Histoplasmosis. Rabies is a fatal disease that's transmitted to humans through bites and scratches. Anyone who has come in close contact with a bat should seek immediate medical attention. No bat should be handled without proper training and protection
If a bat
was physically present while someone was sleeping or it cannot be ruled out that a bat came in contact with a person, they should seek immediate professional medical advice.
or "cave disease" is caused by the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum, which grows on bat droppings or "guano." Histoplasmosis infections primarily affect the lungs. They can be fatal if untreated. If you find a bat colony or large amounts of guano in your home, consult a physician.
Squirrels in Massachusetts
Massachusetts is home to 3 species of squirrels. They are the gray squirrels, flying squirrels, and red squirrels. Gray and flying squirrels are both far more commonly known to be problem
animals than red squirrels in Eastern MA. All 3 species are abundant throughout most regions of the state and can all be controlled through exclusion and squirrel trapping methods.