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Bat Prevention 101: Understanding Why Bats Enter Sioux Falls Homes And How To Keep Them Out

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Whether you hear scratching or flapping sounds from the attic or have seen bats flying in and out of your house, these wild creatures aren’t safe to have roosting in your home. But keeping bats out of the house can be challenging for many homeowners. This article will provide the information you need to prevent bats from entering your home and explain what to do if they are already inside.

We’ll explore specific bat behaviors that will help you understand why they might choose your home and review the risks they pose to your family. We’ll also provide expert tips to help you keep your home bat-free. Learn more about safe and humane bat control in Sioux Falls with the experts from CP Bat Mitigation.

Understanding Bat Behavior: Why Bats Choose To Roost In Homes

Discovering bats in the attic or a seldom-used barn or outbuilding is not that unusual. Bats look for a warm, safe place to rest during the day; an attic provides the perfect shelter. Sometimes, a colony of bats will roost together, such as mother bats, who help each other raise their pups.

Bats are beneficial around your home because they help keep insect populations down, but having them inside your house is another story. Whether you have a single bat living in the attic or a whole colony, the sooner you get them out, the better. Contact us today at CP Bat Mitigation to learn how we can help get bats out of the house and prevent them from returning.

Health Risks Of Bats: The Dangers Of Guano And Histoplasmosis

Bat droppings(guano) can damage your home and risk your family’s health. A single bat will produce 20 to 30 droppings daily, and if there are a lot of bats, the droppings can accumulate enough to cause a ceiling to collapse. The smell of their droppings can also attract cockroaches and will encourage other bats to enter your home.

There is also a fungus that grows in bat droppings that, when inhaled by people, can cause a lung disease called histoplasmosis. To protect your health, we suggest you seek professional help to clean up any bat waste left behind. Contact us today at CP Bat Mitigation to learn more about our bat mitigation and clean-up services. 

Expert Humane Bat Control: Protecting Bats While Mitigating Your Home

Bats are an essential part of our ecosystem, not only helping to control insect populations, but they are also important pollinators. However, many species are in danger of extinction due to a disease known as white-nose syndrome, which makes humane bat mitigation crucial. Contact us today at CP Bat Mitigation to learn more about how our services can help safely get bats out of your home.

Long-Term Bat Prevention: Maintaining a Bat-Free Home

Prevention is the most effective form of bat control available. After we get the bats out of your home, it is time to take steps to keep them from returning. Here are some tips for bat-proofing your house:

  • Screen attic vents

  • Install a chimney cap

  • Repair any damage to the roof and siding 

  • Seal cracks and crevices with silicone caulk

  • Check that all of your windows (especially in the attic) have a tight seal

Professional bat exclusion is the simplest and most effective long-term solution to keep bats out of your house. Contact us today at CP Bat Mitigation to learn more about our mitigation, exclusion, and clean-up services for your home or to request a free inspection and leave your bat worries to us.

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