How To Identify And Get Rid Of A Bat Infestation On Your Omaha Property
We live in a world with sounds our grandparents did not hear. Throughout the day, we hear one beep alerting us to incoming text messages, another signal for incoming emails, a sound for neighborhood alerts, and the list continues. Our computers and cell phones emit sounds that were not part of the fabric of life until just the last decade. Sounds are necessary because they alert us that something needs attention.
Some sounds indicate there is a problem. For example, bats might be in your attic if you hear noises at dusk or as the sun rises. In this article, we will reveal other indications that bats are in your home, and when you hear, smell, and see these signs, you need pest control in Omaha from CP Bat Mitigation.
The driving force for our family-owned and operated business began when our founder worked in the roofing industry. As a young man, he noticed homeowners and businesses were experiencing problems with bat infestations. He recognized that bats living in the same structures as people can be dangerous, but he also saw the need to treat bats humanely and carefully. CP Bat Mitigation is the result of over three decades of bat control in the central Midwest by our founder. Today, a highly trained team of technicians continues the legacy of humane and safe bat mitigation with our founder.
Why do bats exist?
Are bats in the world for the sole purpose of scaring people, or do they play a part in the ecosystem? While you may not realize it, bats around your home serve a purpose and provide a needed service.
Most bats in the United States are insectivores (i.e., they eat insects). As they fly through the night, bats scoop moths, beetles, mosquitoes, gnats, crickets, and other insects into their wings and later eat them. In some cases, insects are caught directly in their mouths. Some bats hunt cockroaches and grasshoppers on the land. The Mexican free-tailed bat, a bat in the area, eats up to one-third of its body weight a night in insects.
Because bats eat flying and crawling insects, they help control pest populations and protect people and animals from mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects. For that reason and others, killing bats upsets the ecosystem balance allowing the insect population to increase, which creates a nuisance for people. However, the fact that bats help control the insect population does not mean you should cozy up with them and allow them to shelter in your Omaha house.
Although the connection between bats and rabies is somewhat overblown, bats can carry the deadly disease. Because of their naturally erratic flying behavior, many assume bats have rabies; however, less than 10% of the bat population carries rabies. If a bat does have rabies, it will not live for a long time before the disease kills its host. The chance that bats in your attic have rabies is minuscule; nonetheless, you should avoid physical contact by using a bat control specialist from CP Bat Mitigation.
Guano produced by bats is another concern. When bat waste dries, it flakes and crumbles and creates airborne particles. As the air circulates from your attic into the living areas below, these particles may be inhaled and can cause histoplasmosis. Occupants may not immediately experience symptoms, but the fungal infection often produces fever, chest pain, muscle and joint pain, and a dry cough. If untreated, histoplasmosis can worsen and create serious problems. Wear a respirator for protection if you investigate your attic to determine the cause of the noises.
Why are bats a problem to have on your property?
Bats have been around for millions of years. Of the over 900 bat species worldwide, about 40 live in the United States. Some species, like the big brown bat, little brown bat, hoary bat, and silver-haired bat, are in Nebraska.
Generally, bats stay away from humans by living in wooded areas and caves, but as human communities expand, bats are now starting to roost in homes and other structures. If you are wondering why bats are in your attic, the answer is simple; your attic provides a warm, cozy, and dark place for bats to shelter.
How do you know if sounds in your attic are from a bat infestation? Your problem may not be bats, but roof rats, raccoons, pigeons, or squirrels could be the cause of the noise. Each rodent and wildlife creature leaves distinct indicators of its presence, and bats are no exception. If you suspect bats live in your attic, carefully investigate the area for the following:
How do I remove bats from my property?
CP Bat Mitigation provides bat control in Omaha, so you can avoid exposing yourself to direct contact with bats or their guano. Our trained technicians have the tools and equipment to safely inspect your home without putting your family at risk.
Warm air flowing from holes in your home attracts bats as outside temperatures drop. Bat can enter through openings as small as 5/8 of an inch. If you investigate the exterior, look for gaps and holes near the chimney flashing, under eaves, ridge vents, gable vents, soffits, fascia boards, and siding. Unlike other wildlife, bats will not create entry points but use only existing ones.
Although bats benefit the environment, they should not be in your home. At CP Bat Mitigation, our motto is: Every Bat Needs A Home, But Not Yours!
If you want to know how to control bats around your house, here are four ways:
- Remove dead trees
- Eliminate standing water on the property
- Clear the yard of junk and trash
- Close gaps and holes in the house
By limiting outdoor roosting areas and water sources, the bats will begin to invest in other locations. In addition, eliminating trash, open garbage containers, yard debris, and water sources will decrease the attraction for insects making the area less appealing to bats. Closing off entry points will quickly frustrate the bats. Unlike some rodents and wildlife, bats will not attempt to create entry points; they will give up and move to another location.
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.