Bats can promote feelings of awe and fear. Bats are largely misunderstood creatures with a significant canon based on horror mythology. The animal’s nocturnal nature makes it mysterious, and it tends to frighten most people. Still, bats are like other living things, craving food, shelter, and safety, which unfortunately motivates them to nest in your home, requiring bat removal to ensure the animal’s and your safety.
Fortunately, your house is not the only place bats like to roost in the summer. While bats change roosts throughout the year, the summer months have them seeking cooler locations where they can escape the summer heat. In the summer, bats tend to stay in four areas.
According to wildlife control in Milwaukee, bats love to roost in caves. The dark and damp sanctuaries provide shelter from predators and shade and shelter from shifting summer weather patterns.
Most people identify caves as ideal roosting sites for bats, but caves are not the only suitable shelters in the summer months. Sure, caves provide ample living space in a secluded environment, but depending on the location, a bat might prefer some of the alternatives, which might include an attic space.
2. Your Attic
How often do you go into your attic? Most homeowners rarely venture into the attic space, considering it a place for long-term storage. While most attics are not the coolest places in the summer, they do offer security and shelter for a relatively skittish animal.
Bats do not have the greatest eyesight, nor do they have the best defenses. The animal’s greatest defense is its ability to hide.
An attic is usually free of any other animals. A bat can hang from the rafters with little worry of being spotted or captured. Even if the space is a bit warm, it is protected from other weather elements, which can make it suitable for a time.
3. Under Bridges
Another favorite place for the nocturnal fliers is underneath bridges. Can you think of a better location for the animal? Most bridges go over waterways, meaning the structure provides ample protection against predator attacks. Additionally, the breeze coming off the water is likely cooler than on land. The bridge structure itself also provides significant shade from the harsh summer sun.
It is not unusual to find hundreds of bats roosting under large and small bridges. The structures provide safety and allow the animals to feel confident and comfortable as they sleep through the day. As some of the most popular roosting sites, many bridges have become popular nighttime attractions as people gather to watch the bats head out to feast.
4. Wall Cavities
The space might become too warm for the bats that take up roost in your attic. When the animal gets too hot, it may migrate within the house. However, the bat will likely still want to stay away from the active areas of the house.
From the attic space, the bat likely has access to wall cavities, which border cooler areas of the home. Many bats will perch themselves in wall cavities to remain cool during hot summer nights. Even in wall cavities, the animals will find a way to perch upside down.
Bats often need to roost upside down because they cannot lift their bodies with their wings like most birds do to fly. Instead, bats use the momentum from falling to take flight.
Are there bats that fly around your property? Have you noticed any bats flying out of your attic space? If so, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control to assess your property. You never want to handle wildlife on your own. Always contact a professional.