Bat Prevention And Control How To Keep Bats Out Of Your Omaha Home
Have you ever gone for a walk at night and seen what look like birds flying around in the sky? Chances are, those were not birds but instead bats. Bats are all over the place here in Omaha. When they are not flying around at night hunting for bugs and other things to eat, they are sheltering inside caves and buildings. As you might imagine, it is not healthy for these pests to live inside local homes. Unfortunately, this happens frequently. There is even a chance that these pests are in your attic right now. Today we are going to break down everything you need to know about bat control including popular prevention tips and methods for removing active infestations. Contact our dedicated team at CP Bat Mitigation if you would like to hear from our team about our methods and service offerings. We will run you through what bat pest control in Omaha looks like and find options that will work best to remove and keep these pests out of your home. Keep reading to learn more and to find some helpful information to stop bats before they cause to many problems indoors.
What are the different types of bats?
There are more different types of bats in our area than you might think. We have big brown bats, silver-haired bats, little brown bats, eastern red bats, and many more. Many species across our beautiful state prefer to stick near caves and other natural habitats. There are only a couple species that regularly invade homes and become a problem for locals. We are going to focus today on big and little brown bats.
Big brown bats are one of the largest local species and have a 12-inch wingspan. Their fur is brown and they have black ears, wings, and feet. These plump pests absolutely love eating night-flying insects and munch on tons of bugs each night. In this way, most local bats are beneficial. If they were only beneficial, we would have no problem with them living inside our homes. Sadly, this is not the case.
Little brown bats are similar in appearance to big brown bats, have a slightly smaller wingspan at 9 to 11-inches and have the same black wings, ears, and feet. Despite these many similarities, however, this local pest is not connected to the big brown bat.
How can I idenitify an infestation?
If there is one thing you should know about bats it is that these pests are quiet. They do not frequently leave secluded areas like attics and are careful about how much noise they make during the day while roosting. Keeping this in mind, it can be difficult to identify these pests when they invade homes. We recommend starting with a cautious inspection of your attic. Use a flashlight to check rafters for these hanging pests. If you do not want to risk disturbing bats and risking a bite, check at night. This might seem counterproductive considering that bats will be gone, but it is not. If these pests are around, they will leave droppings behind. Most bat droppings are dark, ¼” long, and are pinched at the end. For help identifying an active infestation inside your home or for more information about bat control, talk with our team at CP Bat Mitigation. Otherwise, continue reading to learn about bat proofing your home and some of the problems these pests cause.
Is it safe to live with bats?
It is never good to live with bats. These local mammals have a terrible habit of causing serious problems for homeowners when they invade local properties. Let’s start with the most obvious threat, rabies. Bats are prolific spreaders of rabies. This is for one main reason. Unlike other local creatures that die off after a certain time with the virus, bats are capable of withstanding the fatal side of this sickness. Instead, they just get irritable and bite one another. This leads to a quick spread amongst local nests and increases the likely hood of humans and other animals of getting sick after aggravating one of these pests. If you did not know, the symptoms of rabies are incredibly uncomfortable and can become fatal if left untreated. In fact, once a rabies infection is established there is no effective treatment. This is why everyone is highly encouraged to get a rabies shot after being bitten by any wild animal.
How can I handle my bat issue?
Before we talk about professional bat control services near you, we would like for you to know some DIY tips and tricks that are great for keeping these pests out of your home. That said, your goal should be to focus on exclusion work mainly. Here are some options our experts want you to know about.
- Bats can sneak indoors at any time. Although we do not recommend checking your attic for these pests if there is a full-blown infestation, it is wise to check spaces bats might be hiding on a regular basis. We recommend checking your attic once a week for droppings and bats. Just do so with caution.
- Bats like dark areas that offer seclusion. Installing lights in areas these pests might hide will make them uncomfortable and deter an infestation.
- Bats often enter homes through open or damaged windows. For this make sure that all of your windows are in good working condition and consider installing screens on ones you would like to keep open during the day. Check existing screens to make sure that they are in good working condition.
- Bats love to enter homes through small gaps, holes, and cracks. Check your building's exterior, especially along your roofline, for any entry points these pests might use to get in. Seal as many of these entry points as possible.
- Bats will invade through unprotected or damaged chimneys. Make sure that your chimney is in good condition and that it has a bat/rodent-proof cap.
A lot of these tips and tricks require knowledge of home repair and expensive tools and equipment. If you do not have these things, let us offer our assistance. We are experts in both home repair and bat mitigation. Let us talk you through our amazing bat pest control offerings and find something that will best meet your need.
Inspecting your home helps us identify where bats are in your house and how they got inside. We use this information to create a customized control plan for your home.
Our control process is unique to CP Bat Mitigation. It involves sealing entry points and installing an exclusion device to safely and humanely remove bats from your home.
We don’t stop working until your bat infestation is gone. We’ll follow up with you six to eight weeks after our initial service to make sure our plan is going as planned.
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“This is an outstanding company and I would recommend them to anyone that is dealing with a bat issue.”- Jonathan D.
“Jon was one of the upmost respectful and professional individuals I have encountered in a long time. He was honest and provided great feedback on bats. He saved us money with tips I could do myself.”- Jack L.
“CP Bat Mitigation was great to work with. They were easy to communicate with and willing to work with my schedule. They were prompt and thorough with their assessment and took the time to answer all my questions. Nick with CP Bat Mitigation was great to wo”- Patrick F.
“Very responsive, polite, professional, and thorough. Great communication, professional work, and guaranteed to the life of my roof. Affordable rates for a critical service.”- Glen P.
“We were very impressed with our consultation. Nick explained everything very well and answered all of our questions. We look forward to the warmer days when the bats can be kept out of our home.”- Shannon B.
“I really enjoyed having Nick ease my mind about having bats. He explained everything to me and showed me the spots where bats enter. He also explained how they would seal up the entry holes and allow them to leave but not re-enter.”- Bonnie G.
“CP Bat Mitigation not only are bat experts but are very knowledgeable about roofs. They did an inspection of my home and explained how a bat or two could have gotten in through an old gutter system. These guys are amazing, and true to their word the inspec”- April G.
“I had Nick Hossle for my appointment, and I was very pleased with his professionalism and service. He was prompt, he explained the process before going into my attic and checking for bats.”- Craig L.