Wichita has had issues with bats for as long as there has been homes standing. Kansas bats can fit into an area smaller then a matchbooks width!
It is one of the most difficult wildlife to exclude or remove.
Bat guano can accumulate and weigh up to 1 and a half tons or more! The picture to the left was taken at a home in Wichita that bats had infested. The weight was over 800 lbs and had to removed by cutting a whole in the ceiling to access it.
Wichita bats range in size across the different species, but tend to average about 2 ¼” to 7 ½” in length (tip to tail) with a wingspread of approximately 6” to 15”. Most weigh between 1/8 oz. and 2 1/8 oz. (in the U.S.). Bats’ bodies are covered with hair varying in color from tan to black. Their wings stretch across elongated arm and finger bones. The most common bats found in homes are the big Brown Bat and the Small Brown Bat.
Call The Wildlife Professionals of Wichita KS 316.712.4211
Wichita Bats create droppings and urine. Kansas Bat droppings are called guano that is harvested in some parts of the world and is used for fertilizer. Guano may act as a growth medium for microbes including those that can cause disease such as histoplasmosis. Urine can cause a slipping safety hazard on floors and may seep into living spaces if a colony is overhead. Urine evaporates quickly and leaves a crystalline residue.
Rabies in Kansas is probably the most significant public health threat associated with bats. Brown bats are the most common of rabid bats. Note that rabid bats are rare, but this is a good reason why touching a bat with personal protection is imperative. Histoplasmosis, a lung disease, can also develop as the fungus that leads to this disease can thrive in bat guano.