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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
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!
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