Add this Critter rss news feed to your rss reader.
Bats are our only flying mammals and since they are nocturnal they need a place to spend the day light hours. Some bats, especially the big brown bat in Kentucky and Ohio, seem to find houses to be a suitable habitat for spending the day. Attics are nice and roomy, especially in some of the big Victorian homes we find infested in older sections of town. Many of these older homes have holes that have been created by other wildlife (squirrels) or by fungus damage to wood. This gives the bat the opportunity to get into the attic. Once they are in they can choose to stay if the conditions are right. There are plenty of cracks and crevices around rafters and at the roof peak to comfortably roost dozens if not scores of bats.
These attics are hot in the summer and that really is a great environment in which the females may raise their young. Those baby bats are hairless when born and so ugly they are adorable. They suckle on the mother during the day, but at night she needs to leave to go forage for food. Those babies need a warm place to "hang out" until mom gets back.
Bats will continue to try to get into a home for years. Multiple bats inside the living space indicate a colony living in the home. Complete exclusions are the best management for bats getting in homes.
- Joseph Loma
WMSMN - Minnesota
Bats are a very beneficial species to have in our neighborhoods as far as insect reduction. Bats feed on hundreds of insects every night. When bats get too close for comfort, then it is important to follow safe practices in removal of the bat. Hiring a professional to remove the bat safely from the premises is very important to reduce the risk of bites or exposures to anyone in the home. We encourage homeowners who find a bat in the living space of their home to have it tested for rabies in case an exposure occurred without knowing it. After removal of a bat from a living space, our field specialists will have the bat sent in for testing at the local health department or Department of Agriculture testing facility. It should also be noted that a very small percentage of bats carry the rabies virus....less than 1%.
Bats are our friends and we should remove them if possible without harming them.
The difference between bats living or colonizing in the structure and bats resting on the structure during their flight pattern:
How to tell mouse droppings from bat guano:
In New Mexico the little brown bat is the most common species in structures and they do migrate each year. The rule of thumb as to when bats leave and return is to follow the flying insects. When it is warm enough for flying insects in the spring, the bats return. At first frost or freeze, the bats will migrate south becuase the flying insects are not flying in the cold. Here in New Mexico, bats will return in March and early April in Southern NM, April and early May in Central NM, and late in May to early June in Northern NM.
Bats that have been in the living space must be tested for rabies.
- Tom Burngardt
Critter Control of Kansas City Metro
Bats are being attacked by a new disease called White Nose Syndrome. Our offices in Pennsylvania have so far been hit the hardest.
- Sean Carruth
Vice President of Communications, Critter Control
We have seen a significant decrease in the number of bat calls we receive in June, July and August due to White Nose Syndrome.
- Steve Majetich
Critter Control of Pittsburgh
In the more humid climates, a build up of bat guano in the walls or in the attic may create several problems. Aside from the odor, the guano may hasten the mildew and mold development as moisture and food are supplied for growth. In the Florida area, as the temperatures go down so does the humidity, but when the humidity comes back up, the odor will be reactivated and start anew.
- Ed Carrow
Critter Control of Tampa Bay