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Inspections help find signs of bats

With days getting shorter and nights getting cooler, the Nebraska Humane Society says it’s a prime time for bats to try to enter a home or office building to seek warmth.

BatWhen performing a home inspection, AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln will look for signs of rodent infestation in attics and throughout the home. We will note these signs on our home inspection report and include photos of the infestation.

If signs of infestation are found, the home owner or buyer should call a licensed pest control specialist to determine the type of rodent present, and the best way to manage or exterminate it. This should be negotiated prior to closing the sale of the home.

It can be difficult to determine exactly how bats are entering and leaving your home. According to Todd Davis, wildlife technician at Pest Solutions 365, if a homeowner can fit a quarter through an opening, a bat can fit through that opening, too. They can flatten their bodies to a thickness of 1/4 inch. So even the smallest of cracks could be an entry point for bats.

Because bats carry rabies, which can be harmful or fatal to humans, Davis strongly advises against touching or killing the bat. The best response is to call the Nebraska Humane Society at 402-444-7800 and ask them to remove the bat. NHS catches and tests thousands of bats each year, and one or two test positive for rabies.

If you suspect your have bats, or need to bat-proof after one is removed, Davis and the staff at Pest Solutions 365 can inspect your home or business to determine if bats are going in and out. Since bats are a protected species, they will not exterminate the bats.

Instead, they will inspect for holes and seal them. They also will place exit doors in two or three openings. The bats will be able to leave, but won’t be able to re-enter.

Two weeks after the doors are placed, technicians will return to remove the doors, then seal the remaining cracks.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln at 402-393-3696, or Pest Solutions 365 at 402-334-2847.

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