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The Connection Between Bats And Rabies In Sioux Falls: Myths vs. Facts

Three large brown bats flying across trees during the day.

How much do you know about bats? If you have researched these pests, you might know that they are closely associated with rabies. If you have researched rabies, then you probably don’t want bats anywhere near your home.

All of this said, we are going to take some time today to talk about some common bat myths and discuss the main reason they are a threat in Sioux Falls. Contact our team at CP Bat Mitigation if you would like our help dealing with these leathery home invaders. We will find an option for bat exclusionand removal that meets your needs.

Can Bats Cause Rabies?

You may already know this, but bats spread rabies. What you might not know is that they are one of the most prolific spreaders of this disease. Unlike other local wildlife that die shortly after contracting this virus, bats are able to survive the effects of rabies. They just get mad. More specifically, infected bats become agitated and are more likely to bite other animals, including other bats. This spreads this disease amongst nests and increases the chances of people getting sick.

If you think these pests are in your attic, be cautious not to disturb them. The best thing you can do is leave them alone and call our team of professionals. We will help you find out for certain if you are dealing with bats in your attic and offer some quick solutions to address the problem at hand. 

Common Myths About Bats

There is a lot that you probably don’t know about bats. To make sure you have the facts, here are some common myths about these pests.

Myth: Bats drink blood

Fact: Only 1 out of 1300 types of bats drink the blood of mammals. This species lives nowhere near Sioux Falls.

Myth: Bats cannot see

Truth: Bats don’t have the best vision due to the size of their eyes but they are fully capable of seeing. They do, however, use echolocation at night to navigate their surroundings and find things to eat.

Myth: Bats are aggressive

Truth: Bats will do everything in their power to avoid human interaction. You are most likely to be attacked by these pests if you are blocking their exit from an attic or cave.

Just The Facts: Are Bats Dangerous?

Before we talk about how to get rid of bats in your attic, we want you to know exactly why these pests are dangerous. To be honest, contracting rabies is the least of your worries with these leathery flyers around. The real threat comes with histoplasmosis. This is a disease spread by the growth of fungal spores. These fungal spores grow on bat guano (droppings).

The more bats there are inside your home, the more likely you will get sick from breathing in these spores. Thankfully, there are bat control options available to help you deal with these pests.

Why Bat Activity Needs Professional Attention ASAP

Whether there is one bat in your attic or dozens, you need to consider your options for control. At CP Bat Mitigation, we use humane and effective strategies to remove these pests from local properties.

Our main method involves installing a one-way gate. Doing this, combined with sealing all other entry points, allows bats a way to get out of your home but prevents them from reentering. As simple as this sounds, it is a control method best left to the professionals. Call our team at CP Bat Mitigation to learn more about bat control in Sioux Falls and find out how we can help you control these dangerous pests.

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