Are There Bats in your Brookings SD Attic?
If you can hear weird scratching sounds in your attic, there is a possibility that you have bats under your roof. Bats are not an uncommon occurrence, as many families in Brookings have the same problem. Luckily, we have what you need to get rid of your flying visitors safely and harmlessly.
If you’ve seen several bats flying near your house on a regular basis, there’s a chance that they have taken up residence there. If you haven’t seen them enter your home, there are other indications that they are living in your attic:
- Bat droppings, called guano, outside of your home.
- Squeaking or clicking sounds.
- Fluttering and scratching sound coming from your attic or walls.
The squeaking sounds you hear come from bats using their echolocation to “see.” Bats are not blind, but they do use the echolocation at night to get an idea of their surroundings. They can fly through pitch black skies with no issues.
Why Are Attics So Appealing to Bats?
Attics are quiet and don’t get very many visitors. Bats are shy by nature and don’t like interacting with humans. They choose attics because they are warm and that is the perfect spot to spend the winter. Bats won’t leave Brooking even when it gets cold, but instead, they find warm, quiet places like your attic, to hibernate.
When the weather starts getting warmer, bats will start leaving their home in search of food. They leave at dusk to catch insects and to get water. An adult bat can eat up to 2000 insects in one night, helping keep the bug population down. They spend all night eating those insects and head back home to your attic before the sun comes up.
Female bats make up bat colonies that roost in your attic. Each adult female gives birth to one baby per summer. It only takes one month for that baby to become an adult, meaning the family in your attic will steadily grow until you eradicate them.
Despite being great at keeping bug populations under control, bats are still a possible health threat to humans. If bats contract rabies, they can pass it to humans through contact. Another risk that bats pose is an infection called histoplasmosis, which occurs through a fungus found in bat guano. If you inhale these fungus spores, you are at risk of catching histoplasmosis.
How Do You Get Rid of Bats?
As annoying and unpleasant as the thought of bats is, remember that they play a significant part in our ecosystem. They keep the insect population down, and without their insect control, Brookings would overrun with them. At the same time, we get that you don’t want them in your attic, so it’s best to move them to a roost more natural to them.
Central Plains Bat Removal Serving Brookings SD
That’s where we come in. Finding the entrance that the bats are using to your home and encouraging them to leave doesn’t usually solve the problem, as bats don’t really care about your feelings on the matter. They are content with what they consider to be their attic. Fortunately, the wildlife experts at Central Plains Bat Removal have over ten years of experience in removing bats from homes and other buildings.
Once you call us for help, we will assess your situation and work out a plan for safely removing the bats. Our Brookings SD bat removal process occurs at night when bats are active and typically involves the following steps:
- Confirm that bats are roosting within your house.
- Locate where the bats are entering your home.
- Identify which type of bat is in your house. (There are thirteen species of bats in South Dakota.)
- We will erect an exclusion system that will keep the bats from re-entering your home.
- When all of the bats are out the house, we will seal all of the access points to keep them from returning.
- Bat guano removal.
Remember that bats have an essential role in our ecosystem, in that they eat the mosquitos that make our lives miserable and the insects that infect our gardens and greenery. We have a lot to thank the bats for, so making sure we eradicate them from your home in a safe manner is critical.
If you want to help bats stay away from human dwellings, you can encourage them to create a roost in their natural environment by placing bat boxes in their backyard to give the bats safer options than attics. They prefer roosting in heavily treed areas close to rivers and creeks.
If you suspect that bats are dwelling in your home, contact Central Plains Bat Removal today for a free assessment and quote, helping you get closer to a bat-free home.