Sioux Falls Homeowner S Guide To DIY Bat Prevention
"Help! I have bats in my house!" When you find bats in your Sioux Falls home, it is time to contact a wildlife management professional for residential bat mitigation. But what if you don't have a bat issue yet? What can you do to prevent one? The secret lies in understanding why Sioux Falls homes are vulnerable to bats, how bats find their way inside, and what methods work to deter them. We'll tell you upfront – it isn't easy work. But, if you have the skillset, and you don't mind the work, you can prevent bat problems. If you'd rather enjoy your time off from work and not have to scale ladders, climb around on your roof, and deal with this tough job on your own, remember that the experts at CP Bat Mitigation provide high-quality bat exclusion services. We do the hard work for you, and we do a thorough job so you get the best protection possible. To learn more about the services we offer or to get advice about your bat control needs, navigate to our contact page. There is no easier way to get your questions answered. With that said, let's dig in and look at what you can do if you have the drive to get out there and do it yourself.
Step one is to consider how homes in our area are vulnerable to bats. There are several that can lead to a bat infestation. The first is the environment around your home. When you provide a habitat for bats, you'll have more bat activity and a greater chance of having bats get inside. Before we explain how this works, we want to quickly point out that it isn't necessarily bad to provide habitats for bats. They are beneficial animals, and you may want to help them find appropriate habitats for survival. There is nothing wrong with doing this, as long as you've taken proper steps to prevent them from entering your home. We'll talk about this next. First, let's consider the factors that attract bats.
What are some ways to deal with bats?
There are a few common ways bats enter Sioux Falls homes. Most are located on your roof or along your roofline. These are hard to address because you'll need to get up there. This is one reason why homeowners contact a professional to address exclusion work. If you do this yourself, you'll need to check your entire roofline and look for gaps that lead into your roofline trough, soffits, fascia, or eaves. You'll need to check your roof-soffit intersections. These are soffits that hang above your roof. Bats love to climb up into shadowy recesses. So do squirrels and rats. If rodents get on your roof, they can chew holes in your soffits and create a pathway for bats to enter. Exclusion work deters rodents and bats. While you're up there, you'll also need to check around roof penetrations. These are objects, such as skylights, vents, exhaust pipes, and chimneys.
Once you've considered your roof, you can examine your exterior walls from top to bottom. Bats can get in through gaps behind a chimney that runs up the side of a home, through an unprotected vent, or damaged siding.
Bats may also get into structures on your property, such as a garage, storage shed, barn, etc. Inspect these and look for any gaps or holes. If you see a possible entry point, inspect it for black marks. Bats make these marks as they enter and exit. Look for their guano on the ground as well.
Why are bats living on my property?
All animals are motivated by three things: Water, food, and shelter. If your property provides these for bats, they'll want to live on it. If you take steps to reduce these facts, you'll deter the bats and keep them more on the periphery of your land.
Water: There are a surprising number of ways a bat can get a drink in your yard. You may have puddles that form near your exterior after it rains. These are often caused by clogged gutters or damaged downspouts. You may have objects in your yard that capture rainwater on rainy days. Once the rain has passed, these objects are like water dishes for bats. You may have large-leafed plants that collect water. While these plants don't hold a lot of water, they may provide just enough to sustain a small population of bats.
Should I handle my bat issue on my own?
There are a few tools you'll need for exclusion work. You'll want to get some expanding foam, high-quality silicone caulk, a caulking gun, hardware cloth, and sheet metal. Use caution when handling these materials. For instance, expanding foam adheres to human skin. You'll definitely want to wear gloves when applying this product. And, when working with sheet metal or hardware cloth, heavy work gloves are a must if you want to avoid cutting yourself. Patch holes with the appropriate materials, and perform home repairs as needed, such as applying a cover to a vent or completely replacing an area of damaged fascia.
Keep in mind that CP Bat Mitigation is here to help. Our technicians can provide some of the exclusion work needed and give you advice regarding home repairs. We can help you long before you find evidence of a bat problem, like bat droppings in your attic or near the exterior of your home. But, of course, the moment you see signs of bats in your house, it is best to let an expert handle the situation.
Bats aren't like most other wildlife pests. They offer many benefits to our ecosystem, their low population numbers are a cause for concern, and their habitat is quickly being replaced by urbanization. When you need bat control in Sioux Falls, we strongly urge the use of mitigation.
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.