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Do I Have Bats in My Attic?

One of the most reviled wildlife pests is the bat. Just the thought of encountering one causes discomfort for many people. If you wind up with one, or a colony, in your home you will want to know quickly and have the situation handled ASAP with professional bat removal services.

So, do I have bats in my attic? How can I tell?

Ways to Tell If I Have Bats in My Attic

There are a few ways to tell if you have bats in the attic. The first way is to listen. If you hear scratching, movement, and especially an “eek, eek, eek” sound in the walls or above you, especially later at night, you’ve got at least one bat. A second clue is to look for piles of excrement (guano) on window ledges, or on the ground below gable vents and brick vents. The third way to tell if you have bats in the attic is to stand near the guano piles at dusk and look for the bats as they fly out to feed.

Why is A Bat a Biohazard?  

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Guano is a biohazard that must only be cleaned by trained professionals using  proper safety equipment. Histoplasmosis is an airborne fungus disease that can grow in bat droppings (guano). Guano cleanup should always be done professionally using full face respirators, Tyvek suits, and HEPA vacuums due to the potentially deadly dust created by the guano.

A very small number of bats contract rabies, so avoid contact with bats and keep all pets current on vaccinations. Your risk after exposure can only be evaluated by your healthcare professional.

Professional Bat Removal Services

Bat removal involves sealing the structure, except where the bats are entering and exiting. Those entry/exit points are fitted with a one-way door so that bats can’t re-enter once they exit! It is best to implement bat removal services before the end of May or after the third week of August so you don’t trap a maternity colony in the structure. After all the bats leave, the one-way doors are taken down and the entry/exit is sealed, bat-proofing your home.

Holper’s–Your Professional Bat Removal Experts

From diagnosing your bat problem, to the installation of one-way doors, to removing guano, to guaranteed sealing of the structure–one call to Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will get it done. If your answer to “Do I have bats in my attic” is yes, just call the St. Louis bat removal professionals at 314-732-1413 today!

 

 

 

 

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Removing Bats From An Attic

(And Why You Should ALWAYS Leave Bat Cleanup To a Professional)

Bat season is getting into gear. We at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions have heard crazy stories from DIY folks that have learned the hard way that this is definitely a job to leave to professionals. We have the most effective eradication services because we understand bat problems–the critical first step to successful St. Louis bat control and removing bats from an attic.

Bats 101

In the Greater St. Louis region, the bats that we encounter are the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat. (There are more than 1,000 bat species worldwide.) Pregnant females form maternity colonies until their young are born in May and June. Each female gives birth to one or two young, which begin flying at three to five weeks to begin feeding on their own. Bats are insectivores, with some bat species eating up to half of their weight in flying insects each night.

Why is A Bat a Biohazard?

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Bat Guano

Guano is a biohazard that should only be cleaned by the trained personnel of Holper’s with the proper safety equipment. Histoplasmosis is an airborne fungus disease that can grow in pigeon and bat droppings (guano), but usually the guano must have contact with moisture, which is generally not present in a dry attic. However, bat cleanup should always be done professionally, with safety equipment, full face respirators, Tyvek suits, and HEPA vacuums due to the potentially deadly dust created by the guano.

Being a mammal, a very small percentage of bats will contract rabies. (Being that sick bats are simpler to catch than healthy ones, the statistics released by health agencies may show higher percentages than is accurate.) Exposure to the rabies virus is decreased if you avoid contact with bats and keep all pets current on vaccinations. Your risk after exposure can only be determined by your healthcare professional. Bats are also hosts to parasites such as the bat bug, a relative of the bed bug. Being host-specific, these parasites rarely bite pets or humans, and they can be easily controlled by the professional application of an insecticide once the bats are evicted from a structure.

 Bat Control

bat-entering-homeControl involves sealing the entire structure, except where the bats are entering and exiting the building. Those spots are fitted with a one-way door so that bats can exit your building but they cannot re-enter. It is best to implement control before the end of May or after the third week of August, so as not to trap young bats in the structure. Once the bats have all left your home, the one-way doors are removed and the area is sealed, effectively bat-proofing your home.

Holper’s–Your BAT MANagement Experts!

From diagnosing your bat problem, to removing bats from the attic, to cleaning guano, to sealing the structure–one call to Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will get it done. Whatever the size of the bat colony, we can remove bats from your attic and solve your bat problems. Call your St. Louis bat control professionals at 314-732-1413 today!

 

 

 

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St. Louis Bat Control and Removal (And Why You Should ALWAYS Leave Bat Cleanup to a Professional)

If you are dealing with bats in autumn, it means that you have had them for a long time. We at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions have heard crazy stories from DIY folks that have learned the hard way that this is definitely a job to leave to professionals. We have the most effective eradication services because we understand bats–the critical first step to successful St. Louis bat control and bat removal.

Bats 101

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Bats inside an attic. The results of a DIY job.

In the Greater St. Louis region, the bats that we encounter are the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat. (There are more than 1,000 bat species worldwide.) Pregnant females form maternity colonies until their young are born in May and June, meaning that bat activity in the fall likely is the result of the colony’s increased size from the May and June births. Each female gives birth to one or two young, which begin flying at three to five weeks to begin feeding on their own. Bats are insectivores, with some bat species eating up to half of their weight in flying insects each night.

Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. Nocturnal in nature, the flapping in the dark of their wings, with a 6 to 12 inch wingspan, can bring a shriek of panic from fainthearted folks. A bat’s wing actually resembles a human hand, as if there were extremely elongated fingers with a wing membrane stretched across and between. Bats can maneuver far more precisely and quickly than birds due to having a much thinner wing.

Why is A Bat a Biohazard?

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Bat Guano

Bats live in colonies of one to 300, so your infestation problem is rarely a bat, but bats! Bats enter houses through eaves, overhangs, unscreened vents, and structural gaps. Occasionally bats enter a home through an open window or chimney. Bats can squeeze through holes that are ⅜ “ wide (the size of dime) and if they flatten themselves, they can squeeze through a gap that is ⅛” wide! Once inside, what homeowners find annoying and objectionable are the noises a bat makes (scratching, squeaking, and crawling in walls and attics) and the stains and odors created by urine and droppings (guano).

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Bat Guano Before Cleanup

Guano is a biohazard that should only be cleaned by the trained personnel of Holper’s with the proper safety equipment. Histoplasmosis is an airborne fungus disease that can grow in pigeon and bat droppings (guano), but usually the guano must have contact with moisture, which is generally not present in a dry attic. However, bat cleanup should always be done professionally, with safety equipment, full face respirators, Tyvek suits, and HEPA vacuums due to the potentially deadly dust created by the guano.

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Bat Guano Cleanup

Being a mammal, a very small percentage of bats will contract rabies. (Being that sick bats are simpler to catch than healthy ones, the statistics released by health agencies may show higher percentages than is accurate.) Exposure to the rabies virus is decreased if you avoid contact with bats and keep all pets current on vaccinations. Your risk after exposure can only be determined by your healthcare professional. Bats are also hosts to parasites such as the bat bug, a relative of the bed bug. Being host-specific, these parasites rarely bite pets or humans, and they can be easily controlled by the professional application of an insecticide once the bats are evicted from a structure.

Bat Control

Control involves sealing the entire structure, except where the bats are entering and exiting the building. Those spots are fitted with a one-way door so that bats can exit your building but they cannot re-enter. It is best to implement control before the end of May or after the third week of August, so as not to trap young bats in the structure. Once the bats have all left your home, the one-way doors are removed and the area is sealed, effectively bat-proofing your home.

In extreme circumstances of St. Louis bat removal, professional toxicants can be used, but only on specific bat species. It is a very involved process that can lead to an increased number of contacts with people and pets in the vicinity. For this reason, it is rarely the method of choice in bat control and bat removal.

Holper’s–Your BAT MANagement Experts!

From diagnosing your bat problem, to the installation of one-way doors, to removing guano, to sealing the structure–one call to Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will get it done. Whether it is bat control, bat removal, or bat cleanup that you need, we can do it all! Call your St. Louis bat control and bat removal professionals at 314-732-1413 today!

 

 

 

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Expert Advice: How To Get Rid of Bats

I’m Jeff Holper, founder and owner of Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. Over the years I have become an expert on St. Louis bat removal. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have been asked advice on how to get rid of bats. I have heard crazy stories from DIY folks that have learned the hard way that this is definitely a job to leave to professionals. We have the most effective eradication services because we understand bats–the critical first step to successful St. Louis bat removal.

Bats 101

bats-in-atticIn the Greater St. Louis region, the bats that we encounter are the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat. (There are more than 1,000 bat species worldwide.) Pregnant females form maternity colonies until their young are born in May and June. Each female gives birth to one or two young, which begin flying at three to five weeks to begin feeding on their own. Bats are insectivores, with some bat species eating up to half of their weight in flying insects each night.

Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. Nocturnal in nature, the flapping in the dark of their wings, with a 6 to 12 inch wingspan, can bring a shriek of panic from fainthearted folks. A bat’s wing actually resembles a human hand, as if there were extremely elongated fingers with a wing membrane stretched across and between. Bats can maneuver far more precisely and quickly than birds due to having a much thinner wing.

What’s So Bad About a Bat?

Bat Gueno in AtticBats live in colonies of one to 300, so your infestation problem is rarely a bat, but bats! Most bat complaints occur from April through August, when bats enter houses through eaves, overhangs, unscreened vents, and structural gaps. Occasionally bats enter a home through an open window or chimney. Bats can squeeze through holes that are ⅜ “ wide (the size of dime) and if they flatten themselves, they can squeeze through a gap that is ⅛” wide! Once inside, what homeowners find annoying and objectionable are the noises a bat makes (scratching, squeaking, and crawling in walls and attics) and the stains and odors created by urine and droppings (guano). Guano is a biohazard that should only be cleaned by the trained personnel of Holper’s with the proper safety equipment. Histoplasmosis is an airborne fungus disease that can grow in pigeon and bat droppings (guano), but usually the guano must have contact with moisture, which is generally not present in a dry attic.

Being a mammal, a very small percentage of bats will contract rabies. (Being that sick bats are simpler to catch than healthy ones, the statistics released by health agencies may show higher percentages than is accurate.) Exposure to the rabies virus is decreased if you avoid contact with bats and keep all pets current on vaccinations. Your risk after exposure can only be determined by your healthcare professional. Bats are also hosts to parasites such as the bat bug, a relative of the bed bug. Being host-specific, these parasites rarely bite pets or humans, and they can be easily controlled by the professional application of an insecticide once the bats are evicted from a structure.

Bat Control

Control involves sealing the entire structure, except where the bats are entering and exiting the building. Those spots are fitted with a one-way door so that bats can exit your building but they cannot re-enter. It is best to implement control before the end of May or after the third week of August, so as not to trap young bats in the structure. Once the bats have all left your home the one-way doors are removed and the area is sealed, effectively bat-proofing your home.

In extreme circumstances of St. Louis bat removal, professional toxicants can be used, but only on specific bat species. It is a very involved process that can lead to an increased number of contacts with people and pets in the vicinity. For this reason, it is rarely the method of choice in how to get rid of bats.

Holper’s–Your BAT MANagement Experts!

From diagnosing your bat problem, to the installation of one-way doors, to removing guano, to sealing the structure, one call to Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will get it all done. Holper’s  IS how to get rid of bats. Call your St. Louis bat removal professionals at 314-544-7378 today!

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Household Pests: Are Bats Dangerous?

Bats have polar reputations. They are known as blood sucking animals that can attack humans, but they are also known as great mosquito killers and killers of other annoying insects. In fact, some residential owners go so far as to build a bat house on their property in order to cut down inspect populations, but these homeowners could unwittingly cause themselves a bat problem, one that must be addressed by a professional pest company that specializes in bats removal.

Are Bats Dangerous?
Most bats in the U.S. feed on fruit and on insects, so there is a low chance that a bat would swoop in and bite your neck, turning you into one of the immortal undead. However, bats are known to behave erratically when they carry advanced rabies. In this situation, bats may uncommonly strike humans. When this happens, the person goes to the hospital to receive an extended regimen of anti-rabies injections that are rendered by long needles in the posterior.

Are bats dangerous? is also a question to ask for how they physically affect your home. They look for a warm place to roost in the winter, and nothing works quite as well as the insulated attic of a home. Once inside the home, bats cause other problems, such as producing voluminous amounts of feces that can build into large piles beneath positions where bats roost. At best, this is an unsanitary condition that can attract additional insects that feed on the feces. At worst, the guano could dry and release particulate matter that is breathed by those in the residence.

A third reason why bats can be dangerous is that they are hosts for what are known as ”bat bugs”. These bugs look similar to bed bugs, but you can tell the difference by observing them under a microscope. Although bat bugs prefer to draw blood from bats, they have no problem journeying into the human environment when the bat population doesn’t offer enough sustenance. This means that you, your family, and your pets could be hosts for the bugs.

Are bats dangerous? Considering all the havoc they could cause to your home, the answer is a resounding “yes”. This is why, for most people, hiring an exterminator is the best option.

Avoiding Bat Problems
Almost all inner home bat problems start with bats invading the residence in one way or another. One of the most popular places of entry is through unsecured attic spaces that have ventilation windows through which bats can easily fit. Bats can also squeeze through the small openings, where the eave of the house meets the attic space. It only take about ½” of space for bats to gain entry, so it’s imperative to take outside control measures that concern exterior entry points.

Securing your home against household pests such as bat infestations may take a bit of work, but when you consider the potential negative fallout of a bat infestation, the investment is worth it. To discuss bat removal methods and schedule a free inspection of your home to see if it has a bat problem, call us at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. We look forward to banishing your bat problem, and you help develop a friendlier response to the question: Are bats dangerous?

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The Best Ways to Avoid a Bat Infestation: Tips From Exterminators

There are two situations that occur in the pest removal industry concerning bats: how to remove bats after they infest a residence, and how to prevent them from infesting the residence again. There are plenty of strategies for both endeavors. In this entry, we take some time to discuss methods that you can use to avoid having bats infiltrate your residence in the first place. Below are a few of the best ways to avoid a bat infestation in your residence as cold weather moves in.

  1. Locates the Points of Entry

Taking this measure isn’t as easy as it sounds. Bats seldom invade holes in residences that are seen at eye level. Rather, they prefer to enter the roof or eaves that hang just beneath it. Locating points of bat entry can be difficult because they don’t appear to be entry points. For example, a 1/2” space between the eave and the underhang is an easy point of entry. Overall, the best approach is to hire an exterminator that knows the best ways to avoid a bat infestation.

  1. Install a Professional Bat House

Bat houses are similar to bird houses; they are specifically for their animal’s of choice to inhabit. Although bat houses can draw more bats to your property, it does so by giving them a perfect place to live in summer and winter months. In addition to helping you avoid bat problems in your home, installing a bat house is a great way to have bats kill mosquitoes and other obnoxious insects from becoming too prevalent around your property during the evening hours.

  1. Accept That Bats Are Natural

When some homeowners see the silhouettes of bats darting through the air at twilight, they start to fear that a bat infestation is brewing and consider implementing the best ways to avoid a bat investigation. However, it’s important to remember that bats live in plenty of natural spaces, as well, and have no intention to enter your residence when warmth are food are available elsewhere. If bats circle the air around your residence, they’re probably just trying to catch bugs.

Dealing With a Bat Infestation?
Bat infestations tend to be more nebulous than infestations by other household pests. This is mainly because bats are seldom seen in the living quarters of residences. However, there are certain that things that make their presence known, such as the presence of bat bags and accumulations of feces on window sills just below where bats roost. If you notice any of these problems, contact us about the best ways to avoid a bat infestation now and in the future.

To schedule a free inspection of your residence inside and out, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. We look forward to sending your bats back into the wild, where they can play their natural role in the ecosystem without disturbing your home.