Pests of all shapes and sizes make their way into homes
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:25:33 GMT —
The Spring season brings with it warm weather.
It also brings out the pests that make their way into our homes.
They crawl, they fly, and they're overall, a pest.
Jerry Smith from Advantage Termite and Pest Control knows first hand what trouble they can be.
"The cockroaches themselves, they have an allergen that many kids that you see with breathing machines, it's because they have a cockroach infestation," Smith said. "It enhances that asthma and sometimes exacerbates the asthma attacks."
Smith has been working for 30 years to make sure pests have a short lived appearance in people's homes.
"Sometimes it's a stigma, there's a social stigma, about having any bugs in the house, especially if someone thinks they may see a roach in the house," said Smith. "It can be the cleanest house in the city, they can still get a roach in the house."
Across town, there's a pest expert of a different kind, a bat man, and he goes by the name of Chris Hanlin of Hanlin's Wild Animal Removal.
Seen more often in older homes, bats can find their way into homes through cracks as small as the width of a pencil.
"It's not that its coming in there and just exploring," said Hanlin. "People will be like 'Well I let it outside, and then a few months later, it got back in again.' I was like 'No, that's a different bat."
Hanlin said that unless a bat came through an open door or window, it's around a hundred percent chance that you have more than one bat in your home.
Usually bats will be found in an attic or basement, during hibernation, but can sometimes make their way into other rooms as the temperature outside rises.
Hanlin says the most important part if you find a bat in your home is to not panic.
"They kind of dip and dive and things like that, because their radar is going crazy, it's bouncing off the ceiling fan and all that stuff," Hanlin said. "So it looks like it's dipping and diving and things like that, which they are, but people mistake that for them swooping them, and trying to attack them, which is just not the case."
The chances of an adult catching rabies from a bat is slim unless they are bitten.
Even then local experts say they haven't seen that happen here.
Both Smith and Hanlin say, if you don't feel confident to take care of the pests in your home, leave it to the experts.