Pestipedia - Our Pest Resource Guide

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Pest Description

What is a Bat?
There are 15 species of bats in Oregon. The only flying mammal, bats can fly 20 to 30 miles an hour and travel more than 100 miles a night.

Bats are not only a protected species but they are the most efficient “exterminators” in that they eat many times their own weight in insects in a single season.

Common exit/entry points include attic louvers, roof lines where sheeting and facia boards meet, under facia boards, and other openings due to deterioration.
Exclusion is the only method to keep bats out long term. The best time to bat proof is after the bats have left for hibernation in the autumn and before they return in the spring.


Why Should I Care?
When bat control is done a residual is applied to control the bat ectoparasites, such as mites and bat bugs, which will probably be present. Many of these will bite humans.

Be aware of the potential health hazard that accumulated bat droppings present. These droppings can be left alone if access is secured, or they can be professionally decontaminated and removed.


What Would Portland Pest Guard Do?
Bats can be elusive creatures, so it is imperative to seek professional pest control to address an infestation. If you suspect that you have bats the best thing to do is contact a Portland Pest Guard specialist.

Give us a call today at 503.720.8559 to learn more about bats or to schedule an inspection!



*Portland Pest Guard provides pest control service to most cities in Western Oregon and Southern Washington. Including: Beaverton, Cedar Mill, Gresham, Lake Oswego, McMinnville, Portland, Tigard, Vancouver and surrounding areas.