Bat Prevention And Control: How To Keep Bats Out Of Your Omaha Home

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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.

Physical Characteristics: How To Identify Bats By Their Appearance

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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. 

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.

Allergies And Diseases: Understand The Risks Of Bat Infestations

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.

Spreading rabies is not the only problem associated with bats. These pests are also known for getting people sick through their fecal droppings. One common disease that bats regularly spread is histoplasmosis. This disease starts with a fever and a cough and can progress into other uncomfortable symptoms like chills, fatigue, headaches, chest pains, and body aches. If you have recently removed a bat infestation from your home, make sure to clean your attic thoroughly. This will help reduce your chances of getting sick.

Although bats eat a lot of fleas and ticks, they are not immune to these small parasitic pests. It is not uncommon for these flying mammals to carry fleas and ticks into local homes. If you didn’t know, both of these parasitic invaders spread diseases themselves. Ticks spread things like Lyme disease and tularemia while fleas are known for sicknesses like the bubonic plague and murine typhus. Both of these smaller pests can also be a threat to pets like cats, dogs, and even lizards. For this reason, it is highly recommended to deal with infestations quickly if you notice them indoors.

If you have allergies or asthma, bats might cause different problems for you. These pests’ droppings are a major allergen source. Given time, bat excrement can break down and act like dust particulates. This can lead to respiratory issues and other more serious problems. The best way to avoid all of the problems that come with bats is to utilize some form of pest control for bats. We would be more than happy to run through your options today.

Bat-Proofing: Effective Tips To Prevent Bats Around Your Home

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.

Effective Control: Call The Bat Experts To Humanely Get Rid Of Bats

Finding signs of bats in your house is never a good experience. If you allow these pests to live indoors for an extended time, you will find this out quick. Thankfully, there are options to identify, stop, and prevent infestations locally. Our team at CP Bat Mitigation uses a fairly simple approach to handle these invasive creatures. It all starts with an inspection. We will thoroughly check areas bats might be hiding and find entry points they might use to get indoors. We will then seal all entry points we find, regardless of whether bats are around or not. If these pests are indoors, we will install a gate that will allow them to leave safely at night. This gate will then prevent them from coming back indoors and force them to find a new place to live. 

Contact our team at CP Bat Mitigation to learn more about our humane bat control or to make an appointment for your Omaha home and property.

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