Are Bat Traps the Answer to Your Bat Trouble?

Are Bat Traps the Answer to Your Bat Trouble?

So you have bats in the attic? Maybe you noticed a slight smell coming from the harmless, but unsightly and smelly, guano they left behind. Perhaps you have seen bats by the tens or hundreds flying in and out of open spaces along your roof every evening. However you found the bats, you know you do not want them.

The most important thing to remember when it comes to bats is that you do not want to hurt them. While they can be a little bit scary, they play a vital role in our ecosystem. Many transplant seeds or pollen, and most eat a large number of insects you would rather not have flying around your house, i.e., mosquitos.

If you have bats and want to get rid of them, where do you start? Are bat traps a good start? Are bat traps helpful, or are they dangerous? Can the bat trap you saw online or at a store do the job? The short answer is no, bat traps are not very useful. The better answer is to call Central Plains Bat Removal and they will assist in developing an eradication plan.

Bats 101

vampire bats hanging in a cage

Bats have a bad reputation. From Dracula to horror movies to public health warnings, they always seem to be the bad guy. But are they all bad?

Bats are small flying mammals. They are nocturnal, meaning they hunt and are awake at night. There are more than fifty known species of bats. A few of the incredibly essential jobs bats do are to fertilize plants, control insect populations, and support the ecosystem.

Bats use echolocation to hunt and navigate. This high pitched sound is impossible for humans to hear, but it helps them locate things, similar to sonar.

Bats are not aggressive, but you don’t want them living in your house with you. It is perfectly natural to want them out of your attic or basement.  

Do I Have A Bat Problem?

Faced fruit bats hanging on a roof during day time in Singapore

Are the critters living in your attic or basement bats? Or another creature? There are a few tell-tale signs your new housemates are bats.

Look for bat droppings wherever you suspect they are roosting. You will ultimately smell a distinct odor from their urine and droppings. You should also be able to hear their wings at dusk as they are taking flight to hunt at night. Stand outside of your house and look for bats at sunset.

The most common place to find a bat colony is an elevated location. Bats prefer heights to keep them safe from predators. The most common roosting spots are attics and chimneys.

What is the Proper Way to Remove Bats?

Small cute bat found on pillow in evening.

Understanding what bats do, how their bodies work, and why they are essential informs us of the best way to handle them. If they are in your home, it is necessary to find a safe and efficient way to remove them.

Using a traditional bat trap, or making one on your own can be dangerous to you and the bat. Bats can carry disease and can be defensive when they feel threatened or trapped. If you get bit by a bat, you could get rabies, or another disease bats carry.

If you decide to use a trap to catch a bat, you could injure the bat. Their bones are fragile and can easily break. If you try to catch a bat without knowing what you are doing, the chances are high you injure the bat. Furthermore, bats can live in colonies of hundreds or thousands, even into the millions. You can not buy or build a trap big enough to catch that many bats.

The best way to catch bats, or to remove them from your home, is by a method called exclusion. In this method, entry points are sealed off, and a cone or particular device with a one-way exit is placed on one exit, forcing the bats to exit through this portal. This cone or device acts as a one-way door, allowing the bats to escape without getting back in. Because the bats cannot get back in, they are not able to nest in your house anymore.

Why Can I Not Remove Them By Myself?

Scientist holding and studying a bat in his hand

Bats play a vital role in our ecosystem. Many ways that people try to control a bat infestation is through extermination with poison, or with dangerous traps that can injure bats. Both of these options are bad in the long run. You want the bats out of your house, but you still want the bats doing their job for the environment and not injured or dead.

Bats are protected for the role they play in our ecosystem. They eat insects, comparable to spending billions in insecticides each year. They are also prey for larger animals like hawks and owls.

While bats are not aggressive, they can be dangerous. Bats are the number one transmitter of rabies in America. Rabies can be fatal, so it is important to take extreme caution when the risk of transmission is high, as in around bats.

If you attempt to remove bats yourself, there could be adverse consequences. If you injure the bats but aren’t effective at removing them, they could die in the wall leading to rot, decay, and smell. Or, you could cause a swarm causing a large number of bats to fly into your house or another building.

If you have decided you do have a bat infestation and you want to get rid of it, please call the professionals at Central Plains Bat Removal. They are well trained and have to tools and knowledge to take care of your bat infestation safely and productively.

As an incentive to get professional help, the experienced staff at Central Plains Bat Removal offer a guarantee. After the initial treatment, they will come back a month later to evaluate and be sure the services were adequate. If more treatment is required, they will complete it free of charge.

So, get off the chair, put down the flyswatter or rolled up newspaper you are swinging at the bat you just found, and call Central Plains Bat Removal.

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