We are sure that bats are amazing animals. They flutter through the sky at night and eat mosquitoes in large quantities. In almost every respect, they are beneficial animals. We're also quite sure that at no time in history has any bat ever turned into a vampire. Bats are our friends. As long as they stay outside, where they belong, we should welcome them as a part of our neighborhoods and communities. But what do you do when a bat breaks into your home by mistake? What do you do when you hear bumping and scratching noises or you find a bat fluttering around indoors? Join us today as we share our expert insights and advice regarding bat mitigation. We'll look at why bats enter Sioux Falls homes, why a bat infestation is potentially harmful, and how to apply effective pest control for bats. If you'd prefer to speak to an expert directly about your bat pest control issue, contact us at any time. CP Bat Mitigation specializes in bat mitigation and exclusion.
Bat Behavior: Understanding How Bats Enter and Roost in Homes
Where can you imagine bats living? Caves, right? Thanks to movies and television, most of us have learned that bats live in caves. That may make you wonder why a bat would want to live in your home. Your attic isn't like a cave, is it? Yes, it actually is—as far as bats can tell. Your attic has a few characteristics that appeal to bats:
- It is cavernous and protective, like a cave. While your attic might not seem so large to you, to a bat, it is a cavernous space.
- It might be a dark place to hide during the day. Bats are nocturnal animals that sleep during the day. It is much nicer to sleep in cozy darkness.
- It is a secluded space (assuming you don't have a finished attic and you don't frequent it to get things out of storage). In the seclusion of your attic, the noise outside is muffled. Bats prefer to hide in places where they can't hear their common predators, namely birds.
- Bats want to sleep in high locations and up off the ground so they will be inaccessible to ground predators while they slumber. Your attic is high off the ground, and the ceiling of your attic is high off the floor. Both are ideal for bats.
There is more to why a bat may enter your home and roost. In Sioux Falls, bats live in tree and rock cavities. They don't need a large, cavernous space. Therefore, bats don't need to find an attic. They can live inside your walls. So, even if you have a finished attic space, you can have a bat problem. You can also have bats living in other secluded locations, such as a shed, barn, garage, or outbuilding.
The last point to consider is that bats don't create entry points. They aren't flying rodents, as some mistakenly believe. That means they don't have the wood-gnawing teeth of a rat or mouse. Bats are more closely related to primates and have fangs that are poorly suited to the task of chewing on wood. At the heart of bat control is the ability to apply handyman skills to patch holes and remove entry points. Bats won't get into a home that is properly sealed.
Now that you know how bats get into your home and why they would want to do this, let's quickly look at why it isn't good to have a bat infestation. If you already know that bats are terrible houseguests and you are motivated to get rid of them, you can skip the next section.
The Risks Of Bat Infestations: Structural Damage And Health Hazards
Why should you understand the risks of having bats in your home? Because you may think that those bats will go away on their own and they won't cause you any trouble. We're not going to spend too much time on this, but it is essential to understand the risks. Doing this will give you the motivation to do the hard work of keeping bats out of your home, or contacting a professional for bat mitigation and exclusion. Here are a few facts you should know:
- The primary way bats cause damage is by leaving droppings (guano) on insulation and structures. The waste matter of bats can stain your insulation, requiring replacement. Bat waste can stain and damage stored items inside your attic as well. On the outside of your home, bat waste can stain your roof and exterior.
- When a bat problem goes untreated, bat waste can pile up. If it does, it can cause a roof to collapse. But, long before that happens, these unhygienic animals will create unsanitary conditions.
- Bat waste isn't just unsightly and a structural risk, it is a source of contamination. It is possible to get sick from touching guano or inhaling spores that cause histoplasmosis.
- In some cases, bats bring bat bugs into homes. These insects are cousins of the bed bug. While they don't prefer human blood, under the right conditions, they can start biting people.
- Bats are a vector for the rabies virus, which is potentially deadly. Fortunately, it is rare for a bat to bite a human unless it is handled or threatened. If you don't attempt to corner and capture them, you shouldn't worry about bats biting you.
While most people contact a professional as soon as bats make annoying noises, some people wait. We can understand why you might wait. Life is complicated. Who has time to deal with bats? Plus, bats help with insect control, right? Why not keep them? Our recommendation is that you don't wait too long to deal with a bat infestation. Contact an expert regarding your bat issue.
Who do you call? Do you call animal control for bats? Sadly, animal control doesn't offer much help with bats. The job of animal control has mostly to do with pet animals and disputes. Once in a while, they'll get involved if a wild animal presents a clear and present danger. For a bat problem, you'll need professional pest control in Sioux Falls. But don't just choose any pest control company. Select a company that has specialized knowledge and experience with bat mitigation.
Expert Humane Bat Removal: Protecting Bats While Mitigating Your Home
Why is it so important to contact a bat expert for your bat mitigation? It is because an expert doesn't only know how to control bats in your house, we understand these animals and have technicians that have the proper training to deal with them.
Understanding Bats: Why is it important to understand bats? Because the application of specialized knowledge allows us to relocate bats without harming them. It is a field-tested process that takes into consideration many factors. Based on our inspection, we outline a mitigation plan to move the bats from interior spaces to the exterior of your home. Once outside, the bats are not allowed to reenter.
Proper Training: A bat expert isn't just a pest control professional. Bat control requires handyman skills. Our technicians are trained to locate bat entry points using their pest control training and seal the entry points using carpentry and contractor skills.
When you hire someone with the right knowledge and experience, you'll get the best results. You'll also get long-lasting results. Let's take a look at what long-term bat prevention looks like.
Long-Term Bat Prevention: Maintaining a Bat-Free Home
You don't have to wait until you need a bat control professional to install bat control products and escort bats out of your home. You can protect your property right now. Long-term bat prevention isn't something that only happens after you've had an infestation. Here's how it works:
- Entry points are the reason bats enter your home in the first place. By removing potential points of entry, you remove the incentive for bats to live indoors.
- Pest-proofing creates physical barriers that make it so bats cannot enter your home.
- Professional pest-proofing lasts a long time and stays in place to continually keep bats from entering.
- An expert knows all of the common entry points bats use to enter structures. You can expect that your professional will apply products to key areas.
- Professionals use professional-grade materials and apply these appropriately so that you don't have any unsightly patches.
- A professional is licensed and insured. Licencing means they follow all governmental guidelines. Insurance means you're covered if anything on your home should get damaged during the mitigation process—though it is rare for damage to occur. Insurance also means you aren't liable for anyone who gets hurt while installing bat exclusions. It is risky business climbing up and down ladders and walking around on roofs.
Whether you are currently dealing with a bat problem or you want to seal your home and keep bats out, we're here to help you find the right solution. Contact CP Bat Mitigation today and schedule a service visit. We'll guide you toward an effective remedy.
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