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Are There Any Bats That Like To Drink Human Blood? | Atlanta Wildlife Control

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Are There Any Bats That Like To Drink Human Blood? | Atlanta Wildlife Control

We have all heard of the vampire bat and how they love to drink blood, but that is animal blood right? Certainly not human blood. Most people assume that the idea of bats drinking human blood is the stuff for horror movies. Everyone knows that bats do not have a taste for human blood. However, Brazilian researchers would claim otherwise, as they have discovered a type of bat that prefers the taste of human blood, perhaps even more so than the blood of their natural prey.

All existing literature on the feeding habits of the vampire bat says that the they mostly prefer to feed on birds, but the hairy legged vampire bat, Diphylla ecaudata, is by far the most rarely seen of the three species of vampire bat.

After scientists analyzed the DNA from bat excrement, or guano, they found that human DNA was present in the guano of many hairy legged vampire bats. Well, at least the one bat that sucks human blood is almost never seen anywhere, so your chances of meeting a hairy legged vampire are pretty low, unless they cast Steve Carell as the lead in the upcoming Twilight sequel of course.

Had you ever been told by a respected educator that bats never drink blood?

Atlanta Wildlife Removal

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Animals looking for shelter find human homes a little too appealing

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Raccoons can be found throughout the U.S., but are more common in the wooded eastern portions of the country than in the more arid western plains. Raccoons are rarely seen during the day because of their nocturnal habits.

Habits

Raccoons are omnivores and will eat plants and other animals, including fruits, berries, nuts, fish, frogs, insects, turtles, mice, rabbits, muskrats and bird eggs. Raccoons usually have one litter per year, which is usually born in late spring or early summer. One litter may contain between three and five young. Raccoons can live as long as 12 years in the wild. Raccoons do not hibernate, but they do live in dens and become inactive during severe winter weather.

Habitat

Raccoons prefer to live in forested areas near a water source. Although commonly found in association with water and trees, raccoons can be found around farmsteads and livestock watering areas. Raccoons den in hollow trees, ground burrows, brush piles, muskrat houses, barns and abandoned buildings, dense clumps of cattail, haystacks, or rock crevices

Threats

Raccoons are a major host of rabies in the U.S., especially in the eastern part of the country where their populations are increasing. They can also cause property damage around homes and outbuildings, especially when they try to enter homes through attics or chimneys, which they are also known to use as denning sites. In some cases, raccoons have torn off shingles or boards to gain access to an attic or wall space. Raccoons often raid garbage cans in search of food, and sometimes kill poultry, destroy bird nests, and damage gardens or crops.

Wildlife Prevention Tips

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

  1. Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  2. Install chimney caps.
  3. Cover exhaust fan openings; soffit and attic vents.
  4. Cover tops of window wells.
  5. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  6. Inspect roofs annually for signs of water damage.
  7. Keep tree limbs cut back 6 to 8 feet from the roofline and store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
  8. Keep your garbage in a secure container that cannot be opened by animals.
  9. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  10. Store birdseed in a secure place and hang your feeders in locations where only birds can reach them as bird feeders can attract raccoons, possums, or even bears.
  11. Place birdbaths where wildlife cannot reach them or provide birds with water away from the home. Birdbaths, fountains or pet water dishes may draw wildlife pests, especially where water is scarce.
  12. Keep in mind that fencing, plant choice and landscape design can play a role in whether your yard and garden is more or less attractive to nuisance wildlife.
  13. If you have fruit trees in your yard, be sure to pick or dispose of ripe fruit.
  14. Do not leave brush, leaf piles or other debris to accumulate.
  15. Keep food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  16. Keep pet food and water dishes indoor. Do not encourage raccoons, deer and squirrels by feeding them.

Keep Wildlife in the Wild, Not in Your Home

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Keep Wildlife in the Wild, Not in Your Home

Animals looking for winter shelter find human homes a little too appealing

 Watching from your kitchen as squirrels and other wildlife run around the back yard can be amusing, but finding these animals frantically scurrying in your attic or garage is anything but funny. Bug Busters USA reminds homeowners to be aware that all kinds of nuisance critters are looking to stay warm this season and may try to gain access to the home.

 

“Finding any wildlife in your home can be a very surprising experience,” says Court Parker, COO for Bug Busters USA “It is important to remember that these animals are wild and shouldn’t be handled without the help of a professional. In fact, they can bite, claw or scratch if they feel threatened and you don’t know if they are harboring a disease.”

 

Parker advises homeowners to do a careful check along the outside of the home to close up any gaps or entry points. Bug Busters USA recommends the following tips to specifically keep nuisance wildlife in the great outdoors where they belong:

 

  • Seal any cracks or crevices with caulk and steel wool, and pay special attention to holes in the structure that lead to dark secluded areas, like attics and belfries.
  • Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Install door sweeps.
  • Repair any loose siding or shingles.
  • Store trashcans and recycling bins indoors, or in sealed areas such as a locked shed or outhouse. If trashcans are kept outdoors, use animal-proof lids.
  • Bring pet food dishes inside at night to avoid attracting wildlife.
  • Keep tree limbs cut back at least six to eight feet from the roofline.

Keep Wildlife in the Wild, Not in Your Home

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Keep Wildlife in the Wild, Not in Your Home

Animals looking for winter shelter find human homes a little too appealing

Watching from your kitchen as squirrels and other wildlife run around the back yard can be amusing, but finding these animals frantically scurrying in your attic or garage is anything but funny. Bug Busters USA reminds homeowners to be aware that all kinds of nuisance critters are looking to stay warm this season and may try to gain access to the home.

Finding any wildlife in your home can be a very surprising experience,  It is important to remember that these animals are wild and shouldn’t be handled without the help of a professional. In fact, they can bite, claw or scratch if they feel threatened and you don’t know if they are harboring a disease.

Bug Busters USA recommends the following tips to specifically keep nuisance wildlife in the great outdoors where they belong:

  • Seal any cracks or crevices with caulk and steel wool, and pay special attention to holes in the structure that lead to dark secluded areas, like attics and belfries.
  • Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Install door sweeps.
  • Repair any loose siding or shingles.
  • Store trashcans and recycling bins indoors, or in sealed areas such as a locked shed or outhouse. If trashcans are kept outdoors, use animal-proof lids.
  • Bring pet food dishes inside at night to avoid attracting wildlife.
  • Keep tree limbs cut back at least six to eight feet from the roofline.

Atlanta Wildlife Removal

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Atlanta Wildlife Removal

Q & A: What steps can homeowners take to reduce the likelihood of occasional invaders inside their homes?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

What steps can homeowners take to reduce the likelihood of occasional invaders inside their homes?

There are many steps homeowners can take to reduce the likelihood of occasional invaders:

Keep all kitchen areas clean (including floors) and free of useless clutter. Kitchen appliances should be kept free of spills and crumbs. Clean shelves regularly and store foods such as cereal, flour, and dog food in resealable containers.

Periodically sweep and vacuum floor areas in the kitchen, under furniture, and around dining areas.

Keep garbage areas clean. Garbage should be stored in sealed containers and disposed of regularly.

Seal cracks, crevices, and other gaps around doors and windows. Doors and windows should always be kept closed or well screened.

Check pipes and pipe areas around the house for leaks, cracks and gaps and seal and patch any problems if necessary. Leaky faucets should also be fixed.

Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. If you have mold and mildew in your home or office crawlspace, it’s a symptom of an excess moisture problem.

Inspect boxes, grocery bags and other packaging thoroughly. Insects have also been known to come in on potted plants and in luggage.

What steps can homeowners take to reduce the likelihood of occasional invaders inside their homes?