Are you hearing a strange scratching sound in your attic and you’re worried that a colony of bats has decided to call your attic home? You’re not alone; plenty of families in Des Moines find out each year that they’ve been sharing a house with these ingenious flying mammals.
Keep reading to find out more about effective and humane Des Moines IA Bat Removal.
What Are The Signs of Bats In My Home?
What are the typical signs that a bat is living in your house? Other than spotting the bat entering and leaving your dwelling, here are some standard signals that bats have taken up residence:
- Scratching and fluttering sound in attic and walls.
- Evidence of bat droppings, guano, outside your home.
- Squeaking and clicking sounds.
Why Do Bats Choose an Attic?
Forget the image of bats that you’ve received from countless horror movies. Bats are shy mammals who prefer not to interact with people. They end up nesting in attics because they don’t leave Des Moines during the winter. Instead of escaping the snow and frigid weather, the bats find a safe, warm spot in which to hibernate.
Once the weather warms up, the bats begin leaving their roost at dusk each night in search of insects. Flying from their perch, the bats seek out water, such as the Des Moines River, for a quick drink, and then they begin searching for insects. Did you know that one tiny bat can eat as many as 2000 insects in a single night? They feast on flying insects throughout the night and head back into their roost before dawn.
Did you know that most of the bats in your house are female? Bat colonies are made up of females and their babies. Each adult has one baby each summer. A baby bat matures within a month of its birth. With such successful reproduction, it’s easy to imagine how quickly the bat colony in a building can grow into a massive community of Iowa’s only flying mammals.
Interesting Fact: Bats are not blind. They possess excellent vision. However, they use their ears for a unique system called echolocation to locate their insect prey at night. This fantastic system lets bats see through sound instead, of with their eyes. Bat echolocation permits the bats to fly through the darkest skies without a problem.
Potential Bat Problems
While bats do a fantastic job at controlling the insect population, they do present potential health hazards to humans. A small number of bats may contract rabies and can spread it to humans through contact. A more significant risk is an infection called histoplasmosis that propagates through a fungus found in bat guano. People contract histoplasmosis by inhaling the fungus spores.
How Can You Remove the Bats?
It’s important to remember that bats are an essential part of a healthy environment and Des Moines would be overwhelmed with pesky insects if the bats stopped acting as nature’s pest control. So, the trick is to get them to leave your attic for a more suitable roost.
Central Plains Bat Removal
Unfortunately, encouraging bats to leave their roost isn’t simple. Most likely, you’ll need a professional bat removal service. The wildlife experts at Central Plains Bat Removal have over ten years of experience at successfully removing bats from homes and other buildings.
Once you contact Central Plains Bat Removal for assistance, our experts will visit your house and develop a plan for safely removing the bats. In general, a successful removal consists of the following steps:
- Confirm that bats are roosting in your home.
- Identify the type of bat. (Iowa has nine species of bats.)
- Locate bat access points.
- Erect bat exclusion system to prevent bats from re-entering the house.
- Seal all access points once all of the bats are gone.
- Remove the bat guano.
Interesting Fact: Your bat control specialist will work during the night hours because that is when the bats leave their roost.
Lastly, remember that you have bats to thank for eating many of the mosquitos that would otherwise be feasting on your blood. These shy mammals also help keep our vegetable and flower gardens thriving throughout Des Moines.
Protect your family from potential bat-borne illness by encouraging the bats to construct a roost in their natural environment. Bats live in forests, and they prefer lodging in forested areas along rivers and creeks. Some people create bat boxes in their backyard to give bats in their neighborhood a safe place to roost away from the house.
If you’d like to learn more about bats and view them in their natural habitat, the Polk County Conservation Department recommends an outing to Jester Park. In fact, the Jester Park Group Camp #5 is prime bat viewing territory.
If you suspect that bats are dwelling in your home, contact Central Plains Bat Removal today for a bat free home.