Sioux Falls Homeowner's Guide To DIY Bat Prevention

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"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.

Why Many Sioux Falls Homes Are Vulnerable To Bats

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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.

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.

Food: Bats primarily eat insects and nectar. If you have lots of flowers, you'll likely attract bats. Now, we wouldn't expect you to get rid of any of the flowers you've planted to beautify your property, but weeds can provide a plentiful source of nectar, and minimizing them can reduce this food source for insects and bats. You can also directly reduce insect populations by addressing light sources. Insects are attracted to white lights. Replace these with lights that cast yellow light, and you won't attract as many insects to your yard. You can also discard leaf piles and leaf litter to help deter insects and reduce food for bats. Everything you do to reduce insect activity will help to deter bats.

Shelter: Bats take up residence in the holes of dying trees and in caves, primarily. If you have dying trees, wood piles, stone cavities, an unprotected shed, or some other void, you may invite bats to your yard. When bats live on a property, they often explore exteriors and find a vulnerability that will allow them into attics or wall voids.

It is good to have bats around because they help to reduce mosquito populations and deter other pests that may harm you. But you don't have to have them inside your home. They can live in a wooded area near your property and provide the same benefits. If you take steps to seal your exterior, you may have no issues with bats, even if they live on your property. How do they get inside? Let's take a look.

How Bats Get Into Sioux Falls Homes

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.

Everything You Can Do To Minimize Your Risk Of Bats Getting Inside

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.

Why Active Bat Problems Require Professional Attention

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.

What is bat mitigation? It is the systematic application of methods that ensure the safety of the bats while reducing the potential harm they may present to humans. How is it different from wildlife control? We don't use live traps to capture and release animals. We provide a way for them to leave your home and prevent them from getting back inside. We do this by sealing all entry points except one. Inside the final entry point, we install a one-way exclusion device. The bats are able to leave out of the exit but are unable to get back inside. It is a simple concept, yet hard to implement. Our technicians have extensive training and experience to address all of the many issues that can arise during the mitigation process. They're also covered by insurance just in case anything happens. If you need help with a bat control issue, keep this in mind. One of the worst outcomes is having an accident. It is much better to let someone else take the risks.

Are you in Sioux Falls? Count on CP Bat Mitigation to provide you with industry-leading bat mitigation and exclusion services. Our team is one of the best in the state. You're in good hands. Jump to our contact page and reach out to us to learn about bat service in Sioux Falls or to schedule a visit from one of our experts. We know what you're up against and how to fix the problem.

What Our Customers Are Saying

"John was over the morning after I made my initial call regarding bats. He was able to quickly identify the problem areas and built a fair quote to remove the bats. His knowledge is broad on his profession."

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"Made a phone call, he showed up the next day with simple, effective advice and didn't try to up-sell any additional services.  I would highly recommend."

Greg W

"5 Stars!!!!   John and his team made an unfortunate house-selling situation a great experience.  John came and gave us an estimate within a day and was very friendly and knowledgeable.  They fixed the bat issue and even took a look at our new place afterward.  I definitely recommend contacting Central Plains if need help in this area.  They provide a very professional service for a great value!"

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