Bats

Bats are a surprisingly common pest in Texas. While, for the most part, bats are relatively peaceful and timid creatures, they can also be carriers of several serious diseases that can be transferred to both humans as well as other animals. Many find themselves with these unwelcome guests as they make themselves at home in the attics and sheds. If you suspect that you may have bats in your home or business, it’s crucial to seek the help and recommendations of wildlife control professionals. To protect your home or business from bats, first learn about these pests, their behaviors, steps for prevention, and contact Stellar Pest & Wildlife should an infestation occur.

What Are Bats?

Bats are most easily identified by their furry bodies and thin, delicate wings. While mammals can glide, bats are the only mammals capable of continued flight and can see in the dark by using soundwaves called echolocation. They usually make their homes in caves and hollow trees. Over 1,400 different bat species have been identified across the globe.

Although encounters between bats and humans are rare, there can be altercations when a bat finds it’s way into a home or business, or when a bat colony makes their home in a seemingly unoccupied structure.

Depending on the species, a bat’s life expectancy can be 20 to 40 years. If bats begin nesting in a particular area, it can be expected that they return to that same area yearly unless deterred or barred from entry.

How Did I Get Bats?

Bats naturally live in hollow trees or caves. In many areas of Texas, human development has made bat habitats scarce. These creatures are highly adaptable often making their homes in unoccupied structures, including sheds, garages, and the rafters of homes or business buildings. Maternal colonies who are raising their young tend to favor attics for their warmer temperatures. Bats can enter a home through surprisingly small areas, and they may enter from anything, an unscreened vent, cracks in the siding, or even a hole in your eaves. If a colony of bats makes its way into your home or business, they’ll usually return annually.

How Do I Prevent Bats

The best way to effectively prevent bats is to seal entrances properly around your home or business and conduct regular inspections of the building to ensure there are no new entry points.

We recommend checking in these spaces:

Spaces between the walls and holes created for utility lines and airflow

Under the eaves

Chimney flues

Holes and cracks in damaged siding, fascia, or soffits

Because most bat species are protected in Texas and need careful conservation, bat pest control issues must be handled with the utmost care. Stellar Pest and Wildlife handle pest bats with humane techniques that have been proven effective. Using expert pest control knowledge of bat habits and behaviors, we can install strategic prevention measures to keep bats away. If bats are already in your home or business, an exclusion process is the best way to eradicate the infestation. Our highly experienced wildlife control technicians install one-way doors that allow bats to leave for feeding but bar them from re-entering the structure. This method is highly effective and usually eliminates the pest bat population within several days.

How to Prepare for Our Visit

To prepare for a Stellar Pest and Wildlife’s bed bug treatment of your home or business, you should gather the following information:

* A list of any places that you have seen a large amount of mosquitoes bed bugs on your property

* Any standing pools of water

* Whether or not any member of your household has been bitten and approximately where they were on the property

In order to prepare your home or business, you should:

* Box up or cover any outdoor furniture in areas that are going to be treated

* Keep all pets in your home

* Cover or remove all valuable possessions and antiques that could be damaged from the spray from your yard

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