It is finally spring, the long awaited season that brings fresh air, fresh flowers and … bats. During springtime, the weather warms up and the conditions become more inviting for insects, the bat’s primary nutrition source, which provides the perfect breeding ground for bats. The bats feast on the bugs as they also take advantage of the warm weather to procreate. Though these tiny creatures are incredibly helpful to us in the way that they are nature’s own pest control, they can also sometimes be pesky pests themselves. Bats have a way of making a home in our attics, which can become incredibly messy. Instead of exterminating these helpful creatures, there are ways to identify their presence and then redirect them to a new and different home.
Signs of Bats
Bats are most active at night so it can sometimes be tricky to spot them. Once you know the telltale signs, though, you will be able to identify them fairly quickly. First, look for their droppings on your exterior walls and along the base of your home. You might find piles under their entry point as they squeeze their bodies through the small entrances, thus squeezing the droppings out of their bodies. Their droppings, called guano, contain ammonia and can often times leave a strong odor which can be a helpful sign. Next, if you hear a high pitched squeaking or buzzing at night, then you are likely hearing the hordes of bats communicating with one another.
Bats Breeding Season
Bats have the most interesting reproductive abilities that have experts baffled. Though it is most common that bats will give birth during the springtime, it is not necessarily true that they are also breeding during that time. Female bats have the ability to hold the sperm of a male bat in a sort of reserve until they are ready to become pregnant. This allows them to only become pregnant when it is a good condition to do so. Also, female bats can be pregnant with multiple litters at a time, though they will only give birth to one bat at a time, depending on which fetus is ready. Given their abilities to control both pregnancy and birthing times, we find that springtime is when bats are most frequently born. This allows the females to comfortably be pregnant in the beautiful spring air and feast on the abundant insects.
Why Bats Are Important
Many people have developed an irrational fear of bats and it’s possible that this happens because they don’t fully understand how important they truly are. Bats are nature’s pest control because they feed on insects, such as mosquitoes. They naturally help maintain a healthy balance in the environment. Without them, the insects would overpopulate which would not only be annoying to us—because who likes to have mosquitoes lurking around?—but it also could negatively impact the vegetation. Insects often play an important role in the vitality of vegetation. So while we want bats out of our homes, we also want to remove them without harming them.
How to Remove Bats
Rather than exterminating or harming bats, it is far more common to simply redirect them to a new home. The best way to do this is called Exclusion. Professionals determine where the entry point into your home is and then install an excluder. The excluder is a device that essentially works as a funnel allowing bats to exit your home, but not enter into it. This allows the bats to safely leave your home without the fear of their return.
Because bats are so important to the environment, Exclusion rarely occurs during the springtime. This is because baby bats are not strong enough to leave the attic yet and by removing the adults from their home while the bats are still young, we would essentially be eliminating an entire generation of bats. If you suspect bats are living in your home, it is best to call professionals before spring and summer.
Bats can be annoying as roommates but are excellent companions for the environment. We agree that your home isn’t a place to live for these pesky creatures but we also know how valuable they are. Luckily, there is such an easy way to identify them and move them along into a more suitable environment. For any bat problems or concerns, contact us for advice, a free inspection, or help removing them.
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