There is a lot of fear surrounding bats. The number of popular myths about them certainly doesn’t help. Bats are actually valuable members of the environment, so unlike many other pest animals, eliminating them isn’t a helpful course of action. Instead of just trying to get rid of bats, it can be beneficial to understand them.
Using humane bat control techniques is best in the long run, so this article will help you understand bat behavior as well as bat-borne diseases. We’ll also talk about the benefits of mitigating bats around your home. CP Bat Mitigation is here to help with all your bat problems. We are the premier bat experts in the Omaha pest control industry.
Understanding Bat Behavior Can Help Reduce Human-Bat Conflict
Let’s start with the general behaviors of the types of bats you are likely to encounter in and around your home in Omaha. Bats are the only known flying mammals, though they are sometimes mistakenly considered rodents. They are nocturnal, meaning that they are active during the night and spend the day hiding, usually somewhere dark. Bats tend to be most active at dusk. Their diets tend to consist largely of insects as well as fruits and flowers. They help to keep insect pests under control, pollinate many flowers, and spread seeds from the fruits they eat.
Despite what you might have heard, bats are unlikely to fly into your hair, as they have a good awareness of their surroundings and aren’t generally hostile to humans. They will bite if handled roughly or threatened, however. Bats vary in color from tan to black. They have fur-covered bodies with four legs. Their front two legs are connected to their wings. Full-grown bats usually range from just over two inches to seven and a half inches long, with wingspans between 6 and 15 inches. Before we talk about pest control for bats, let’s go over the health risks bats cause.
Bat-Borne Diseases: Understanding Risks To Human Health
One of the biggest causes of disease when it comes to bats is bat droppings. A certain kind of fungus that grows in these droppings can cause a lung disease known as histoplasmosis.
The smell of bat droppings will also attract other bats into the home, as well as pests like cockroaches. Bats can sometimes also carry rabies, which causes potentially deadly inflammation in the brain.
Bat Mitigation: How The Process Protects Both Your Home And Bats
Bat mitigation is important for keeping yourself and your family safe, as well as the bats. The best method of mitigation is usually to make sure that any means of entry that bats have into a home are sealed up. If there are already bats in the home, however, the process will be a bit different.
Pest control professionals will close off all exits except for one. They will then place an exclusion device on the last exit. This device allows the bats to safely leave but will not let them come back inside. This rids your home of bats while giving them a safe means of escape.
Contact The Experts About Bat-Proofing Your Home
There are several benefits to bat-proofing your home, both for your family and the environment. These include:
Lower risk of diseases caused by bats and bat droppings
Bats not in your home can contribute to the environment by pollinating flowers and eating insects
Avoiding damage to your house that could be caused by bat droppings or other pests
Peace of mind
CP Bat Mitigation offers the highest-quality bat control in Omaha. With over 32 years of experience in the industry, we can make your bat problems a thing of the past. Contact us today and see the results for yourself!