Keeping Bats Out as the Temperature Drops

As the leaves start to change and the air turns crisp, you may find some unexpected guests making themselves at home on your property this fall.

During the colder months, bat colonies commonly seek warmer, safer roosting locations – including eaves and attics. And while these fascinating, flying creatures can seem mesmerizing from afar, having them move into your space can be a real nightmare.

The Dangers of Uninvited Attic Guests

Bats make terrible house guests. They’re messy, stay up all night and carry dangerous diseases, including rabies. Bats are the most common source of rabies in Indiana, where rabid bats have been identified every year since 1965.

Bats also leave behind unpleasant odors and unsightly stains from their droppings, known as guano. And, once they’ve settled into your property, it can be challenging to keep them out as their tiny size allows them to infiltrate even the tiniest openings.

Understanding the potential risks of bats is crucial for responsible property management:

  • Zoonotic Diseases: Bats can carry a variety of diseases that can be transmitted to humans
  • Rabies: Rabid bats can pose a risk of transmitting this fatal viral infection to humans through bites or scratches
  • Histoplasmosis: Bat guano can contain spores of a fungus that causes respiratory disease in humans when disturbed
  • Structural Damage: Bats seeking shelter can damage buildings and leave stains and guano
  • Noise and Odor: Large bat colonies can create noise and unpleasant odors

A Bat-Friendly Approach to Management & Exclusion

At RAC, we prioritize bat-friendly management and follow regulations surrounding their removal. We adhere to federal and state guidelines that protect certain bat species, ensuring our methods are humane and environmentally friendly. When you choose RAC, you’re working with a company officially approved by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Evicting bats requires expertise, and our tried-and-tested process of exclusion is designed to ensure they won’t return once evicted. Our experts meticulously locate entry and exit points, sealing them with precision and utilizing one-way doors to allow bats to leave safely while preventing re-entry. Our team also secures structures with high-quality materials to deter bats from returning.

Comprehensive Remediation Services

We understand the mess bats can leave behind, so our services go beyond bat eviction and exclusion. Our remediation services include damage repair, sanitization, and insulation replacement if needed.

We ensure that the affected area is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, leaving your property fresh and bat-free. To provide peace of mind, RAC offers a one-year warranty on all our exclusion work, ensuring your property remains protected.

Bats, Rats, & Beyond

While bats might take the spotlight as “uninvited guests,” RAC is equipped to handle other pests as well. From rats and mice to raccoons and squirrels, we offer professional wildlife control and removal services for all types of properties—commercial, industrial, and residential.

Our expertise extends to nuisance wildlife management and habitat modification, making us your trusted partner for all your wildlife-related needs.

Your Trusted Bat Management Partner

As fall sets in and bats seek shelter from the cold, take steps to protect your property from these unwelcome guests. Rusty’s Animal Control is your go-to solution for humane and effective bat management services.

Don’t let these winged intruders spoil the season; contact RAC today and ensure a safe and bat-free environment. Get a quote and schedule your bat management services now.

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Beware Summer’s Buzzing Invaders: Managing Stinging Insects on Your Property

Summertime is upon us, which means longer days, warmer temperatures, and – unfortunately – the return of stinging insects.

Wasps and yellow jackets, among other pests, can turn your backyard into a battleground and a potential health threat to those allergic to their stings.

Wasps and yellow jackets, equipped with powerful stingers and the capability to inflict multiple stings, can make enjoying the outdoors a challenge. Plus, their habit of building nests in sheltered areas around our homes makes them unwelcome guests that require effective – and safe – management.

A Growing Issue: Nest Building & Population Increase

Both wasps and yellow jackets are social insects. Starting in spring, queens emerge from hibernation to establish new colonies. Nests – often found in hollow trees, walls, eaves, attics, and underground – grow rapidly throughout summer. By the end of summer, a single nest may house thousands of these stinging insects.

The Risk: Painful Stings & Potential Allergic Reactions

Wasp and yellow jacket stings can cause more than just a sharp, burning pain; they can lead to severe allergic reactions in some individuals.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include swelling, difficulty breathing, hives, and in extreme cases, anaphylaxis – a life-threatening condition. Even without an allergy, multiple stings can be dangerous, especially for children and the elderly.

Property Damage: Structural Integrity Threats

Some species, like carpenter bees, are also capable of inflicting property damage. Their nest-building process includes boring holes in wooden home structures, outdoor furniture, or fences.

Ground-nesting yellow jackets excavate extensive nests in soft soil, disrupting plant roots and potentially destabilizing walkways or patios. Their nests can lead to dead patches on lawns and pose potential tripping hazards.

Both species can infiltrate home interiors through small gaps into wall cavities, basements, or attics. Inside, they can damage insulation and HVAC systems.

The Solution: Rusty’s Animal Control

Don’t let the fear of stinging insects prevent you from enjoying your property this summer. Get ahead of the potential pain and property damage by seeking professional help. Rusty’s Animal Control can safely and effectively remove these stinging insects, destroy their nests, and ensure they don’t come back.

With over a decade of experience in pest and wildlife removal, our team provides thorough services that include the elimination of wasps and yellow jackets, nest removal and sealing of entry points.

Additionally, we offer a variety of other pest control solutions tailored to your specific needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our team members to learn more about how we can help protect your property from these and other common pests.

Contact us to learn more about our stinging insect solutions and let us make your summer a little safer – and a lot more enjoyable.

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