Some of us have only seen bats on TV or during Halloween as décor. Others have had the unfortunate experience of having bats (sometimes in the hundreds) living in their homes or on their property.
Habits, Behavior, and Diet
The only mammal capable of true flight, bats will usually emerge in the early spring as they search for warmer places to call home. Females who are ready to give birth are typically the first to set up nesting areas, giving birth to baby bats during the summer months. The bats will stay before the coming of fall until it’s time for them to prepare for winter by migrating, hibernating, or go into torpor (controlled hyperthermia).
Bats have a sophisticated sense of hearing, emitting sounds that bounce of objects in their path. While some species are solitary and others form colonies of more than a million, bats seek protection in caves, crevices, tree cavities, and buildings.
Bats are a big part of nature’s natural pest control as 70% of them consume insects. Other species eat fruit, nectar, small mammals, birds, lizards, frogs, fish, and blood, like the famous blood-sucking vampire bats located in South America.
Trapping and Removal
Although bats are beneficial to humans, they can be a nuisance when they get inside your home. It’s recommended to bat-proof or exclude bats from dwellings; however, bat control can be a challenge. An opening of 3/8 inch or more is an invitation for bats to come in and set up their new home in yours. It’s best to let a professional help that has a full understanding of how to thoroughly and adequately take care of the situation.
Two inspections may need to be completed to determine the patterns of the bat infestation. An investigation at dusk will reveal the size of the infestation, and the preferred exit point as bats leave to feed during the night. The second inspection should take place during the day when the bats are sleeping to discover the species and the equipment needed to remove them.
Let a Professional Help
Many states such as Oklahoma protect bats and their habits, requiring a permit or license to remove them. Critter Control of Oklahoma City is certified to ensure the safety of the residents as well as the bats. We will identify all entry points, making recommendations for how to exclude them and prevent them from returning. Call us today 469.805.6267 or contact us on the web.