Bats in Des Moines, IA | Preferred Pest

Bat Appearance

Bats will range in size depending on the type of species. However, most bats tend to be about 6 to 8 inches long, with a wingspan that is approximately 15 to 38 cm. The body of a bat is covered in hair that can range in color from black to tan, and their wings do not have any hair on them at all. The majority of bats have pointed ears, and they also have teeth.

Bat Behavior and Diet

The majority of bats are insectivores and feed on insects at night. However, during the warmer months, bats will fly outside during the day where insects may be out. In addition to insects, some bats may also eat foods that could include fruit. However, most of those species do not live in the U.S.

Bats tend to be either solitary, live in colonies, live with just a couple of bats or live alone. It is during the early Spring months that bats begin to emerge from hibernation. It is usually the female bats that emerge at this time to establish the nesting areas due to being ready to give birth. The females begin to give birth around summer, with their young staying with them until they are ready to hunt for food on their own.

No matter the bat species, winter hibernation is common for all. Some species of bats will travel thousands of miles for a summer roost, and some may only fly 50 miles. Additionally, some bat species will choose to hibernate together in smaller groups, while others will come together in large numbers.

Bat Reproduction

Many female bats will produce about one litter of young per year. That being said, the number of offspring and the bat's mating habits does depend on the type of species.

Signs of a Bat Infestation

Like any pest, bat control is easiest when done early, so it's important to recognize the signs of a bat infestation.

  • Bat droppings are similar in appearance to rodent droppings but are full of insect parts.
  • Bats can create brownish to black stains around an opening as they enter and leave a home.
  • Bats create a lot of scratching noises with the claws on their wings, so listen for these distinct sounds coming from your attic.

Bats have an acute sense of place, and once they become attracted to your home as their roost, they won't be easily displaced.

Preferred Pest Bat Treatment

To effectively remove and keep bats out, Preferred Pest has designed a two-step process to ensure they stay out for good. After the completion of our bat removal service, Preferred Pest offers a three-year warranty if bats do happen to return.

Des Moines Pest Control

Are bats wreaking havoc in your home or business? As the leading Des Moines pest control company, we can help! For effective and safe bat removal, you can schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (515) 276-7277 today!