How to Tell If You Have Bats in Your Attic

Bats are an unwelcome invasion in any home. If you think there are bats in your attic, you'll want to act right away. Bats can carry diseases harmful to both humans and pets. They can also reproduce in your home, leading to an even bigger problem later. Here are a few signs to look out for and steps to take if you have a bat infestation. Why and How Bats Get Into the Attic It's well known that bats like caves — they're dark, secret and quiet. The only issue is that caves tend to be cold. Attics are warm, especially in the south. Drawn to the high temperature and darkness, bats feel right at home in a rarely used attic with no windows.  They get into the attic through small holes and gaps in the roof. Once they are in, they begin making a home for themselves. When Are Bats Most Active? Bats are nocturnal animals. They sleep in the day and fly out at night. Typically...
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The Difference Between Mice and Rats

Rodents pose a nasty problem for homeowners throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. These elusive nocturnal creatures invade food supplies, cause extensive property damage, leave their droppings in living areas, and even carry and spread diseases. While it's not likely that you can have mice and rats at the same time (rats often feed on mice — the scent of a rat is enough to drive mice away), the presence of either one requires immediate attention. How to Tell If You Have Mice or Rats in Your Home If you want to get rid of these destructive pests, you first need to determine whether you're living with mice or rats. Each has different characteristics that impact the removal process. If you have rodents in your home, it's probably one of the three types — roof rats, Norway rats (less common) or house mice. You can often distinguish between these three by their appearance. But since you don't always see them, you can use other methods to identify your household rodent. Appearance Size...
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