It’s exciting to welcome spring weather into our lives, but for bat behavior and exclusion experts, it comes with other considerations.

Get Bats Out uses what we know of bat species, behavior, time of year, and legal parameters to safely and humanely remove bats from your property, always keeping your best interests in mind.

Bat Species

There are 45 species of bats in the United States; some frequent buildings while others stay in more remote, rural locations. Our technicians learn basic identification and behavior for the most common species to expedite the exclusion process at your home or property.

Specific behavior may vary according to the species, but what follows are some general truths about bats during the spring and early summer months when roosts grow from the births of baby bats.

Spring and Bat Behavior

Bat behavior is a key part of exclusion techniques during this time of year.

Most species of bats in the United States mate during the fall, but the fertilization is dormant until spring temperatures activate it. Fascinating, isn’t it?!

Pregnant female bats travel to warmer roosts and create colonies of other mothers and babies. Each female bat will have one or two pups a year.

A Mother’s Dedication

At night, some of the mother bats stay with the pups while the rest leave the roost to hunt. They will continue to take shifts until the baby bats can hunt and feed themselves, about 3 weeks after birth.

If you put an excluder on a house or building during this crucial time, some of the mothers will be trapped outside. Instinct drives them to get back to their pups. You might find them on screens and flying into open doors and windows.

The extreme dedication of the mother bats stuck inside the roost with the pups is also apparent because they stay with them to the point of starvation and death!

Owner’s Options

If you find bats, have a Get Bats Out technician confirm if the roost is a bachelor colony or a nursery colony. If it’s a bachelor colony then the exclusion process continues like any other time of year.

If there are pups, the technician can usually tell if they are just barely born (pink and hairless) or if they are closer to flying. Although, exact time frames are just too difficult to know with absolute certainty.

So what can we do for you if it’s a nursery colony?

  1. As a first priority, we will consider the laws of the state in which we are working. Some states forbid excluding during certain times of the year to avoid unnecessary bat deaths.

If this is the case in your state, then we will do as much as possible to seal any entry points into your home or building. This will keep the bats in the roost or outside, instead of in your classroom or bedroom!

  1. We will always consider the needs of our clients next, once state guidelines are understood.

If our client doesn’t mind waiting for the baby bats to grow, we will seal their home or building to keep the bats out of our client’s personal space. In a week or two, we will return and begin excluding.

If our clients are not comfortable having the bats there for whatever reason, we would suggest vacating the property until the bats can be removed.

  1. Bat safety and humane exclusion is also a top concern of Get Bats Out.

However, bats sometimes surprise us with their tenacity and ingenuity. Once I saw a mother bat flying with a baby clinging to her fur!

This unique season brings a lot of surprises and requires individualized planning. That’s why you want an expert on your side!

No matter what the situation is, we want to make sure the laws are complied with, clients are taken care of, and the bats are safely and humanely relocated.

Springtime can be a complicated season for removing bats from your property – Get Bats Out can simplify it for you!

Your local bat removal expert,

Get Bats Out Owner and President Michael KoskiMichael Koski

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  • Johnny

    May 24, 2020 | Reply

    We have had many small baby bats sound way below the batt nast. I'm pretty sure that these are babies due to their size and lack of hair. We had 3 on 1 day 4 on the next and today we've had a couple more . We contacted our local conservation center, and they advised that we do not try to rescue them for fear of spreading the covid disease. Still we'd like to know where we could possibly do to rescue them and why so many would be pushed out are falling out of their nest.

    • Tori Bruce

      May 25, 2020 | Reply

      Hi, thank you for your concern about the baby bats! There is a legitimate concern among biologists that Covid could be transferred from humans to bats in the US. Should this cross species transmission happen, it could be catastrophic to the already threatened (white nose syndrome) bat population. While it may be heart breaking to think these babies might not make it, our advice would be to not touch them with bare hands, and move them outside to a bush or tree. Their moms 'might' find them.

  • Tamara F Gold

    June 9, 2019 | Reply

    We do have two bat houses & love to watch our bats come & go. We have noticed a baby bat outside the colony, which the baby has nested in the taller grass. Is it normal for one bat not to be included in the colony ? Didn't know if the Mother bat detects something wrong with this baby ? We have two new houses to put up next year, so we moved one of the bat houses close to where the baby is, hoping it will go in it. Love Bat Facts, Tamara Gold Tullahoma TN 37388

    • GetBatsOut

      June 10, 2019 | Reply

      When you say a baby bat, what about it makes you think it's a baby? You sound like you have experience and knowledge with your bats. What we find is that many people think every bat is a baby because they are all small. At this time of the year, a baby would likely be hairless and flightless since it's so early in the birthing season. It also would not survive without a mother nursing it. So, this leads me to think it is most likely an adult, not a baby. From our own observations, and this has NO scientific backing or research that I have found, we think if a bat in a colony has rabies it either leaves voluntarily to save the colony, or the colony kicks it out. Wild animals know when they are sick. The fact that it's nesting in the grass may also be an indication of rabies. Bats are not typically found on the ground unless ill. If it was winter I would say check for white nose syndrome, but that's unlikely this time of year. If you have a local bat rehabilitation specialist you could give them a call. You can also call the humane society to have it picked up. They would test it for rabies. This may be an important step if you have dogs or cats on your property that may have come in contact with it.

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