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Bats in Kansas City

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Kansas is home to fifteen species of bats, and all of them are insectivores. 

Bats in Attic in Kansas City

Bats in Kansas naturally roost in leaves of trees, in caves, or under loose tree bark. Bats have adapted to roost inside or around buildings. Attic spaces are ideal roosting spots for bats in Kansas City. 

Some bats will roost in attics to give birth. Bats typically mate in fall and winter but then give birth in mid-May. The bat pups are helpless and need their mother’s care to survive. Females will leave the roost each night to feed but return to feed the pup. 

During the winter in Kansas City, bats will either migrate south or or find a hibernation roost to bunch together and conserve heat. So it’s not uncommon to find bats in athe attic during the winter too. 

Bat Entry Points

Bats gain access to homes through gaps in roof shingles, mortar, windows, doors, and home ventilation systems. 

Bat Guano - Evidence of Bats in Attic

Bats in Kansas are small and nocturnal.  They can be difficult to see roosting in the crevices of your attic and even more difficult to notice them flying at night. 

Droppings and staining are more obvious identifiers of bat entry. Bat guano (feces) is small and dark in coloration. The elongated pellets are crumbly and turn to dust when touched.

Guano provides a hospitable environment for the fungal spores that cause Histoplasmosis, a respiratory ailment, to grow. When droppings accrue, the spores become airborne and can be breathed in by residents

Bat in Attic Removal

When natural bat habitats overlap with residential areas, conflicts arise. Once bat colonies are established, resulting problems range from general noise and smell nuisances to the heightened risk of contracting illnesses.

It is illegal to kill bats in Kansas City. Not only do bats provide ecological and economic benefits, but also the population is rapidly declining in Kansas

The most effective and humane way to remove bats is by utilizing a bat valve in conjunction with a full home exclusion. A bat valve allows for bats to exit your home but not re-enter. Since each bat removal is unique, our specialist will use or create a bat valve specifically for your home. Our inspector will determine the proper amount of bat valves to be used, but most removals only require one bat valve.

Once the bat valve is installed, all other entry points will be sealed, allowing for bats to only exit through the valve. The removal process typically takes 3-7 days. Our specialist will perform a final attic inspection before removing the valve. After removing the valve, the final entry point will be sealed, leaving your home bat-free.

We then seal the entry point into the house, once we are certain all bats have been vacated. The Kansas City experts at Trutech will also handle bat cleanup in the house, to prevent any harm to your family.

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Alex Gray

Alex Gray is the district manager in Kansas City.

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