Everything Omaha Residents Need To Know About Bat Conservation
Bats are often misunderstood animals and not nearly as bad as you might think. Their benefits to us far outweigh any threats they pose. If you have a bat problem, it is critical to handle it in a conscientious way because of the significant role bats play in our ecosystem. Join us as we look at why bats are vital, what is going on in our area to protect them, and how your bat mitigation can help conserve bat populations. If you would like to speak directly with a bat mitigationtechnician, contact us or connect with us by text. CP Bat Mitigation offers exclusion services and bat control in Omaha. We are your local area bat experts.
When you discover bats in the attic, we can understand why you would want those bats dealt with immediately. Your home is your castle, and bats can be more than a bit intimidating, particularly if you don't know all that much about them. There are many misconceptions about these night fliers. For instance, you may think that every bat has rabies. This is not the case at all. While rabies is a concern, only a fraction of the population is infected with this disease. You may also think that bats will swoop down and try to bite you. This is incredibly rare. The vast majority of the time, bats are docile animals. The only time they bite is when they're handled, and they do so because they are scared. Bats aren't scary animals. They are far more scared of you than you are of them. If you are not attempting to capture them, there is little chance they will ever bite you. The main issue with bats is that they are a nuisance. They get inside, cause damage, and contaminate areas with their guano. Most of the time, there are beneficial animals.
How are bats important to our ecosystem?
Here are four key ways bats play a beneficial role in our ecosystem:
- Bats eat a lot of insects: It is really quite surprising. If we didn't have bats, we'd likely be overrun with insect pests. They help us with pest control. Moreover, bats eat insects that are harmful to us, like mosquitoes. That is no small benefit.
- Bats help with pollination: We often think of bees when the term pollination is mentioned. But bees and many other pollinators are active during the day. They aren't active at night when night-blooming flowers open up. Bats target this niche.
- Bats spread seeds: They consume fruit, fly great distances, and leave their guano on the ground. The guano acts as a fertilizer helping the seeds germinate. There are many ways this seed dispersal is a benefit to the world ecosystem. We'll cover more about this in another article.
- Bats are helping us understand viruses: The body of a bat is an incredible reservoir for a variety of viruses. Researchers are able to study bats to learn how zoonotic diseases spread to humans.
The world is better with bats in it. Unfortunately, bat populations are continually threatened, and we must protect them to help them survive. How does conservation help? And what does conservation even mean? Let's take a look.
The word "conserve" means to protect something from harm or destruction, particularly a natural organism in our ecosystem. Bat conservation seeks to protect bats from harm so they can continue to live long and happy lives, providing us with all of their many benefits. How does bat conservation work in Nebraska? There are a few conservation efforts in Nebraska working to protect bats. Over the last two decades, a major concern has been wind turbines. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of bats die annually in turbine incidents. Steps have been taken to adjust turbine operations to decrease bat fatalities, and they're making progress. But, the most significant way we protect bats is by helping to maintain appropriate habitats. We can do this by addressing urbanization, deforestation, and general agricultural expansion. We can also build roosts for bats so the bats have places to live, even when the environment doesn't provide a suitable home.
How Can we safely conserve bats?
Along with these primary efforts, conservationists monitor migration, help to prevent human-bat conflicts, provide education about bats, increase awareness of misconceptions, and research diseases that harm both bats and humans. It is quite a job.
There are so many ways you can help conserve bat populations and assist conservationists in supporting bat populations. You're actually doing one right now. You're educating yourself. It is essential to learn about bats, understand the important role they play, and learn how you can help them survive.
How should I deal with a bat infestation?
A critical element of bat mitigation is to conserve populations. At the heart of human bat mitigation is the goal of protecting the animals from harm. In fact, the methods we use do as little harm as possible. We work to provide a way for bats to leave your home while blocking their ability to get back inside. It is as simple as that. When bats are unable to get back into your home, they go find another place to live.
How does this work?
- We inspect your home and evaluate your bat problem, considering entry points, conducive conditions, and areas of activity. We will inspect your attic, get onto your roof, and look in difficult-to-reach areas.
- We seal entry points and bat-proof your exterior to prevent more bats from entering your home as your current bat residents are given their eviction papers.
- We install specialized exclusion devices that we apply in key areas. These provide a way for bats to exit but don't allow them to come back inside.
- When we're done, we provide clean-up services to address bat guano and other issues to further reduce the impact bats may have on you.
- We guarantee our services for six to eight weeks after bats leave your home. After this time, we will return to perform another inspection and ensure your home is still bat-free. In rare cases, bats are persistent. When this is the case, we resume services until they're gone for good – at no additional cost to you.
Inspecting your home helps us identify where bats are in your house and how they got inside. We use this information to create a customized control plan for your home.
Our control process is unique to CP Bat Mitigation. It involves sealing entry points and installing an exclusion device to safely and humanely remove bats from your home.
We don’t stop working until your bat infestation is gone. We’ll follow up with you six to eight weeks after our initial service to make sure our plan is going as planned.
At CP Bat Mitigation, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our customers have to say about working with us.
“This is an outstanding company and I would recommend them to anyone that is dealing with a bat issue.”- Jonathan D.
“Jon was one of the upmost respectful and professional individuals I have encountered in a long time. He was honest and provided great feedback on bats. He saved us money with tips I could do myself.”- Jack L.
“CP Bat Mitigation was great to work with. They were easy to communicate with and willing to work with my schedule. They were prompt and thorough with their assessment and took the time to answer all my questions. Nick with CP Bat Mitigation was great to wo”- Patrick F.
“Very responsive, polite, professional, and thorough. Great communication, professional work, and guaranteed to the life of my roof. Affordable rates for a critical service.”- Glen P.
“We were very impressed with our consultation. Nick explained everything very well and answered all of our questions. We look forward to the warmer days when the bats can be kept out of our home.”- Shannon B.
“I really enjoyed having Nick ease my mind about having bats. He explained everything to me and showed me the spots where bats enter. He also explained how they would seal up the entry holes and allow them to leave but not re-enter.”- Bonnie G.
“CP Bat Mitigation not only are bat experts but are very knowledgeable about roofs. They did an inspection of my home and explained how a bat or two could have gotten in through an old gutter system. These guys are amazing, and true to their word the inspec”- April G.
“I had Nick Hossle for my appointment, and I was very pleased with his professionalism and service. He was prompt, he explained the process before going into my attic and checking for bats.”- Craig L.