How Does Winter Affect Bats?
Insects make up the majority of the bat diet. When it gets cold and their food disappears, these animals must find a way to survive. Depending on the species and location, bats in winter either migrate or hibernate when temperatures drop.
Do Bats Migrate?
Some bats migrate to warmer climates better suited for themselves and their insect prey. Areas with mild, humid winter seasons are ideal locations for tree-dwelling species. After traveling, the pests will either go into short-term hibernation to recover or start searching for food sources.
Do Bats Hibernate in the Winter?
Non-migratory bats in winter seek shelter in caves, barns, and sheds. Then, they enter a state of bat hibernation called torpor. To survive long periods without a meal, the animals slow their breathing and heart rate to fall into a deep sleep. Unlike true hibernation, bats in this state can wake briefly on warmer days and leave their roost to find meals.
Because some bats hibernate in attics and outbuildings, they can be a problem for people. Accumulated feces in their roosts may cause the respiratory disease histoplasmosis in humans. Bat bites can also transfer rabies. Safe, humane removal requires professional expertise, and the team at Critter Control is here to help.
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