Normally, when you have trouble with a pest like mice, termites, or ants, you can call a pest control company to come and take care of the problem with traps and insecticides. However, bats take the challenge of pest removal to a new level. Bats are a protected species in Illinois. It's illegal to kill or harm bats, even if they are threatening your home.
If you discover bats roosting in your house, then you might feel like your hands are tied. Fortunately, pest control companies can still help you get rid of bats without endangering or hurting the bats. Here's what every homeowner needs to know about bat behavior and how a bat problem can be managed.
If bats are so pesky to have in a home, some homeowners wonder why they have such steep legal protection. Bats are an at-risk animal in the United States. While bats normally roost in caves and rock cavities, their natural habitats are threatened by human visitors who spread diseases to bat populations.
Bats help with pollination of plants and they are vital to controlling insect populations in the Midwest, especially mosquitos. Bats are beneficial animals. Moreover, unlike other pests such as mice, bats have trouble bearing and nurturing enough young to sustain themselves, especially because of habitat loss.
If bats are so beneficial, why are they pests? Unfortunately, they pose a number of risks to homes and homeowners including:
Bats are useful animals to the ecosystem, but they are a pest to humans and homes.
Unfortunately, some people do not realize they have a bat problem. Bats can move in and you might not hear or see them. Some early signs of bat activity include:
If you notice any of these signs, you should call a pest control company to request an inspection. If you allow a bat colony to roost for a long time, it becomes harder to correct the damage.
In Illinois, the law prevents people from killing, trapping, or removing bats. You also cannot separate a baby bat from its mother, because this means the baby will die. Fortunately, bats are migratory, which means they will not live in your house year round. The way to keep bats from living in your home is to exclude the colony after it is has moved out.
Exclusion may seem simple, but it is actually very challenging to properly exclude bats. A pest control company with experience working with wildlife can professionally fix your home to be exclusionary toward bats. This process includes sealing off entrance points. Entrance points can be hard to pinpoint, but bats leave telltale signs behind of where they exited and entered the structure.
When the bat colony returns to the roost for the next summer season, they will not be able to enter a home that has been properly fortified, forcing them to find another place to live.
For more information on handling bat activity in your home, contact us at American Pest Control Inc.