by Erika Mehlhaff
Nuisance wildlife like rodents, raccoons, and bats can find their way into your home at any time of year. When it comes to wildlife and pest infestations in your Austin home, many homeowners don’t realize there’s a problem until it’s too late. It is important to keep an eye out for pests that can negatively affect your property and your wellbeing, and get professional help for Austin wildlife removal from your home.
If a wildlife infestation develops in your home, you and your family will be exposed to possible property damage, diseases, and the unwanted stress that comes with it. Bats are one pest in Austin that can enter your home to shelter in your attic. They often move into homes and other buildings because they have lost their natural habitats outdoors in caves and trees, and are seeking protection from predators, stable temperatures, and shelter.
How do exterminators get rid of bats?
“Since bat pesticides and bat extermination are illegal, pest control companies use a process called exclusion. Exclusion is designed to seal the primary exits that bats use with one-way doors. This allows the bats to leave safely without permitting them to return.”
~ from “How to Get Rid of Bats (2022 Guide),” This Old House
BAT HEALTH HAZARDS
Bats present major health hazards, including carrying many harmful diseases like histoplasmosis, a serious lung disease caused by breathing in spores of a fungus often found in bat droppings. Some also carry rabies which can be passed to humans if they are bitten by an infected bat. And bats can also introduce parasites into your home, such as mites, fleas, or ticks.
Bat waste can cause other health issues as well. If a bat infestation develops in your home, it is important to have the area treated for bat bugs. (Bat bugs are similar to bed bugs and will bite humans, often causing redness, itching, and swelling at bite sites.) And bat droppings also attract other pests like snakes and cockroaches, escalating your pest problems by introducing other health hazards from these home invaders. Because of this, any accumulation of droppings should be professionally removed and the space carefully cleaned and decontaminated when it comes to preventing pests at home.
STRUCTURAL PROPERTY DAMAGE FROM BATS
Aside from affecting human health, bats can wreck and ruin homes. According to the Wildlife Services program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, “…bats may become a nuisance because of their squeaking, scratching and crawling in attics, walls, chimneys or other structures.”
Bat droppings can cause considerable damage to your home, especially in main areas where bats roost, like the attic. Bat waste can rot wooden surfaces like rafters and beams, and cause roofs and ceilings to sag when it accumulates–it can pile up to a couple of feet deep in the attic and cause decay that eventually can lead to a complete ceiling collapse. Additionally, bat waste in your attic can also cause stains to appear on ceilings over time from urine seepage.
Keeping wildlife pests like bats out of your home is vital to maintaining good health for yourself and your family, as well as protecting your property from significant damage. As a homeowner, you should consider securing the services of a licensed pest professional if an active bat or other pest infestation is suspected. An experienced team of pest mitigation professionals can remove the pests and then provide a comprehensive clean-up, including attic sanitation and restoration.
Absolute Pest Management is your best choice for effective pest control, extermination, and management in Austin, Texas and the surrounding area. Absolute Pest Management is a reputable family-owned company that has been dedicated to helping people like you, protecting properties from pests like bats for almost 20 years. For any pest issues, including attic cleaning and restoration services, the skilled pest control team at Absolute Pest Management is ready to assess the premises to identify pests and any related damage, and customize a pest treatment and control plan to meet your needs. Contact Absolute Pest Management to schedule a free inspection by a certified professional.