Attics Provide Dry, Sheltered Roosting For Bats

a brown bat inside of a residential attic

While mice can chew through almost any material to get where they want to go, bats use their comparatively small size to fit through preexisting cracks and crevices to get inside your home. Once they establish their roost, bat droppings will begin to accumulate more and more with each passing day. Bats have often been known to damage electrical wires which are often hooked up in attics. As the bats move around in tight quarters, electrical wires can often short out, mostly due to large accumulations of guano or urine. This, of course, can be a pretty significant fire hazard, especially if your attic is used for storage. Such a discovery may require even more expedient bat removal efforts.

Bat populations have spread throughout North America, and are able to thrive in almost every region on the United States. However, thanks to an increase in commercial and residential development, more and more bats are losing their homes, causing them, in turn, to use human dwellings as roosting sites. In the wild, bats play an extremely important role in preserving the balance of the ecosystem. They are mammalian predators, and even one bat has the ability to consume hundreds of mosquitoes in an hour. When they find their way inside human dwellings, however, they can become a health and safety issue.

Bats are drawn to man-made structures because they generally provide very sheltered areas for roosting. In large enough numbers, these pests can cause a serious degree of damage in a startlingly short amount of time. The severity of damage to your home depends in large part on the number of bats in the given population. Bat feces, commonly called guano, has a tendency to accumulate very quickly and is a serious vector for disease, even under the best of circumstances. Likewise, bat waste can sometimes stain walls, floors, and ceilings, eventually requiring costly cleaning or replacement.

Bat removal can be a pretty taxing enterprise, and it’s highly recommended that homeowners enlist the help of their local pest control professional. These individuals are highly trained and will be familiar with the behavioral patterns and roosting habits of the pests that are infesting your home. Attic inspections, exclusion methods, and live trapping are the major elements of a comprehensive removal process, and if you suspect that bats have established themselves in your home, it’s always best to call for bat removal help sooner rather than later.

Cantu Pest & Termite cares about the safe and humane trapping of the wildlife that has invaded your home or business. We believe that wildlife invaders do not have to be killed in order to solve the invasion. After our bat removal professionals have properly and thoroughly employed measures that will eliminate future wildlife infestation then the property owner may choose to have any wildlife in and around the property caught in humane traps.

If bats or other pests in Houston have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest & Termite and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced bat removal experts.

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