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Bat Trivia Question:
A newborn Bat is called a:
Correct Trivia Answer: a) Pup
DISCOVERING BATS IN A HOME OR STRUCTURE THIS TIME OF YEAR IS A FREQUENT PROBLEM
Most bat complaints occur in July and August when bats enter homes by way of chimneys, open windows, overhangs, eaves, unscreened vents and construction gaps. Bats can squeeze thru holes 3/8" wide (a dime sized hole). Big brown bats and little brown bats account for most home invasions.
Bats are the only flying mammal in the world. They're very beneficial in that they can eat half their body weight in insects each day. Over 40 species of bats live in North America - and there's not a vampire among them! Their ability to fly, their secretiveness and their nocturnal habits have contributed to bat folklore, superstition, and fear.
Bats commonly will be found in and near structures which are located near a body of water where they forage for insect prey. The home pool is also a popular destination. Summer colonies are very gregarious, commonly roosting in dark, hot attics and associated roof spaces where maternity colonies may include hundreds, to a few thousand individuals. Colonies may also form beneath Cedar shingles and siding, in tree hollows, beneath bridges, and in caves. Bats are one of the slowest reproducing animals for their size. Each mother bat gives birth to just one pup each year, but twins can occasionally occur.
Most North American bats emit high frequency sounds (ultrasound) inaudible to humans and similar to sonar, in order to avoid obstacles, locate and capture insect prey, and to communicate. Listen to bat sounds or check out our photo gallery for great bat photos!
Locating and removing individual bats from living quarters can be laborious, but it is important to ensure the safe capture and release of the bat. Individual bats that get into the living space of a home can often be let out by opening doors and/or windows. Exclusion work around your home is the number one priority in bat management. Poisoning bats is illegal and usually leads to an increased number of contacts with people and pets in the vicinity. Repellents are generally ineffective against bats and may even drive bats further into the structure. Removal should always be left to Critter Control's Certified Wildlife Specialists.
If an bat or any other critter gets too close for comfort, call the professionals at Critter Control for assistance by dialing 1-800-CRITTER.
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