If you are seeing bats around your property, you are probably wondering what is attracting so many to your home. In Nebraska, there are several types of bats that are commonly found in residential areas. While it may be tempting to trap or capture these creatures, doing so could be illegal and dangerous.
At CP Bat Mitigation, we know how to safely and legally keep bats away from your property. Our Omaha pest control specialists can help keep you safe from the bats that may be lurking around your property.
Why Bats Choose Homes As Roosting Sites
Bats will choose to roost in your home for three reasons. First, they want to find a safe place to sleep. Bats are nocturnal. They hunt for food at night and sleep during the day. While they are asleep, many potential predators are awake and looking for their next meal. This is why bats will only choose to roost in areas that they think are safe and will protect them from harm. Usually, this will be in your attic or the corner of an outdoor storage building. If the area looks as if it doesn't get a lot of foot traffic, they are likely to use it as their resting place.
They also don't like to travel too far from home to get food and water. If your home has a reliable water source nearby and plenty of insects swarming around, they are likely to think that your home is the perfect place to live.
How To Stay Safe Around Bats: Tips For Preventing Exposure To Disease
Bats are known to carry and transmit two types of viruses. Bat feces, or guano, can contain a fungus called histoplasma. If you come in contact with the guano, you could become infected with histoplasmosis. To keep yourself safe from this dangerous illness, you should wear gloves and a mask if you are near the guano. Also, you should have a bat control specialist clean the droppings for you to ensure that the area is completely sanitized.
While it's rare, bats are known to carry rabies. It is estimated that less than one out of every 200 bats will be infected with rabies. Still, it is a good idea to be cautious around these creatures and never try to touch or get close to a bat.
Bat-Proofing Your Home: Common Techniques And Tips
If you want to keep bats away from your home, some of the things that you can try:
- Install a mesh screen over the top of your chimney and around your air vents
- Seal any holes or gaps in your home
- Install bright lights around your home
While many insects are attracted to light, bats don't like extremely bright light. If you are going to use light as a bat deterrent, make sure that you are not using light bulbs that emit soft light.
Also, owls are a bat's number-one predator. If you get a realistic statue of an owl, you are less likely to see bats around your home as well. But nothing is as effective as hiring a residential bat control company.
Benefits Of Experienced Humane Bat Mitigation: Contact Us Today!
In Nebraska, bats are a protected animal. There are many bat mitigation laws and regulations that must be followed when dealing with bats in Omaha. At CP Bat Mitigation, we have years of experience dealing with the common bats in this area. We know the safest, most effective, and legal way to reduce the bat population around your home. Give us a call today to schedule your no-obligation consultation.