The Importance Of Bat Conservation In Sioux Falls

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If you have played sports or watched athletes, you know that quick, erratic movements are the way to throw off opposing players. A fast pivot by the offense throws off the defense, which allows an opportunity to score points or advance the ball. Athletes anticipate and practice unpredictable movements, but we don't want to experience irregular moves from an animal flying over our heads. A crazy flight path instills fear of an attack or unintended collision. 

Bats are known for their erratic flight paths, and when you combine that feature with the fear of contracting rabies from a bat, it is easy to understand why we don't want bats flying over our heads. Bats living inside our houses' attic, shed, or barn increases the fear factor tenfold. When we realize bats are in homes or roosting in buildings on our property, we know we need professional bat control.

CP Bat Mitigation is a family-owned and operated Sioux Falls bat control company that knows every bat needs a home, just not yours. Unlike other pest control companies, bat control is our focus. Our founder recognized the need for bat mitigation over thirty years ago when he began his working career as a roofer. Soon, he was helping homeowners and businesses relocate bats that were infesting their homes and buildings. What started with one man continues more than three decades later with a team of technicians that provide bat control through the Central Midwest.  

Bat Populations Have Suffered Destruction Of Their Habitat

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The upside-down sleeping position is the one mental image most people have of bats. Bats prefer to hang from high tree branches or caves in areas with a high concentration of insects. Water and light attract insects, so optimal conditions include a concentration of trees around a pond, lake, or in a poorly drained, damp area.

In recent decades, the world's population has expanded rapidly, and with that expansion has come increased urbanization. As the inhabitants of cities grow, construction crews raze surrounding wooded areas for new housing and business development, creating a loss of trees and vegetation that limits the locations for bats to roost. Increasing forest fires due to human incompetence, poor forest management, and lightning strikes have reduced forestation and limited options for bats. 

Although the move to clean energy sources and the development of zero-emission technology is exciting and ultimately good for the planet, clearing wooded land for wind turbines has reduced available habitats. Furthermore, these massive turbines kill many high-flying and migrating bat species. 

If you are concerned about wildlife preservation but need a bat control specialist for your Sioux Falls home, CP Bat Migration is your answer because we share the same concern. We recognize the danger bats present to homeowners and the need to preserve their population. 

There Are A Few Laws To Protect Bats In Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is home to nine bat species. Unfortunately, bat populations have declined due to deforestation and a devastating fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome. Because bats are necessary to a balanced ecosystem, the federal government passed legislation to protect some bat species; the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1956 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973. 

Although the legislation does not protect all bat species in Iowa, it protects two species in our area; the Indiana bat and the northern long-eared bat. According to federal law, killing protected bat species will result in heavy penalties and fines. Furthermore, capturing protected bats requires a permit. On a state level, Iowa state law protects all bat species making it illegal to kill bats that live in the wild. In 2006, the legislature passed the Iowa Wildlife Action Plan (IWAP). The purpose of this 25 years strategy is to protect and conserve bats and other wildlife in Iowa. If you found us because you searched for bat control in my area, you can rest easy that you found a company that adheres to all federal and state laws.

Although little brown bats are prevalent in the Sioux Falls area, humane bat mitigation designed to preserve the population is necessary due to the threat of white-nose syndrome. This disease, caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans, was responsible for a nearly 80% decline in the little brown bat population when it first attacked the bats. Fortunately, there is a slow rebound in bat populations due to the efforts of conservationists and companies like CP Bat Mitigation that work to protect homeowners from roosting bats while preserving the species.  

Bat control specialists from CP Bat Mitigation use one-way exclusion devices so bats can leave attics, sheds, and other areas unharmed while at the same time preventing their return to their homes.

It's Important To Do Our Part To Protect Bat Populations

Bat control in Sioux Falls is necessary because of the unsanitary conditions they cause when inside a structure. Despite the potential for spreading diseases in homes, that does not mean that inhumane treatment is warranted, nor should we reduce the bat population. Although bats frighten many people because of their erratic flight patterns and overblown stories about rabies infection, they are a vital part of the ecosystem in these three ways:

1. Bats Eat Insects

A bat may eat up to half of its body weight in insects daily, and a pregnant or nursing bat may eat up to 100% of its body weight in insects in a single night. Because bats consume many insects, they reduce crop damage and limit the need for pesticides. According to some estimates, bats save farmers over 20 billion dollars annually by eating plant-destroying insects. 

Mosquitoes, moths, and beetles are insects that affect many homeowners. Mosquitoes are vectors for West Nile virus, dengue fever, chikungunya, encephalitis, and other illnesses. When bats eat mosquitoes and reduce their population, they help protect people in those locations. Although moths and beetles do not bite or transmit disease, they contaminate food and attract spiders. Outdoor lighting attracts moths and moths and beetles, and these insects are prey for spiders. When spiders see beetles and moths flying around your porch or deck, they create nests in nearby corners to snare the insects. When the temperatures decrease, the spiders will try to enter your house. Spider webs are a nuisance to homeowners, and spiders may also bite. A spider bite often only creates an itchy, swollen red bump, but these can become infected if not properly treated. However, a bite from a black widow and brown recluse spider can cause severe pain, an ulcer, increased blood pressure, sweating, and nausea, and requires immediate medical treatment. When bats consume beetles and moths, they lower the prey options for spiders reducing the possibility of spiders entering your house. 

2. Bats Assist In Pollination

Bats assist in pollination and help with fertilization and plant growth. Seed and fruit production requires the movement of pollen grains from the stamen (or male part) to the pistil (or female component) of a plant. As bats feed on plant nectar, they attract pollen grains to their body; when they move to another plant to eat more nectar, the pollen grains come into contact with the pistil beginning pollination. Balsa wood, carob, and cloves are examples of commercial products that result from bat pollination. 

3. Bats Promote New Plant Growth

A bat may eat up to half of its body weight in insects daily, and a pregnant or nursing bat may eat up to 100% of its body weight in insects in a single night. Because bats consume many insects, they reduce crop damage and limit the need for pesticides. According to some estimates, bats save farmers over 20 billion dollars annually by eating plant-destroying insects. 

Bats provide vital ecosystem services in the form of insect pest consumption, plant pollination, and seed dispersal, making them essential to the health of global ecosystems. CP Bat Mitigation offers bat control services near you that do not hurt the bats, thus preserving the bat population

How To Have Bats Humanely Mitigated And Relocated

Although we understand why you want pest control for bats in your attic, they are animals that deserve humane treatment. When you report a problem with bats, we dispatch a highly-trained technician to inspect your property. Our technician will inspect the attic, get on the roof if necessary, and review the exterior for entry points and signs of bats. 

When we complete our investigation, we will provide you with a quote and warranty information and go over a strategic plan to end the bat infestation. Each situation is different, so the price, warranty, and bat eradication plan are tailored to your location and needs. 

Upon your approval of the proposal and plan, our technician will return and seal all entry points except one. We will install a one-way exclusion device on the remaining entry. This device will allow bats to exit the area but not return. Generally, the bats leave the premises in eight weeks or less. 

After six to eight weeks, we return to ensure the bats have left; we will also perform sanitation services to protect your family's health. If some reason, the bats return, we will return at no additional cost until the bats are permanently gone. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule an inspection. 

What Our Customers Are Saying

"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!"

Brenda D

"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

"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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