Bats will roost throughout the year. But, what bats need from their roosts depends on the season. During winter they hibernate. In spring and summer they develop maternity roosts where they can raise their pups.
It’s too late if you discover bats in your attic during June and July
In Ontario, bats have babies during summer; usually during June and July. It’s important for the mother to be close to her pups. Bats are mammals so babies are dependent on their mother’s milk.
Locking the mother out of the attic will orphan the babies. It’ll be difficult or impossible for the young to survive. Adult female bats supply food and protection. Also, they’re a source of education on how to be a bat.
Unfortunately, discovering you have a bat problem during June and July means you probably have to wait until August before you can begin bat removal. Professional bat removal services use one-way doors to evict bat colonies. The bats leave the roost in order to feed and are blocked out from get back in.
The problem is that if you install one-way doors before babies have become mobile you’re going to have dead bats in your walls and attic. As much as you will want to remove bats straightaway it’s better to wait until August, when the babies have taken flight, to get started.
Bats reproduce once per year
This makes bats important to protect. During spring they enter breeding season. Females usually have one pup per litter. They’ll nurse their baby until almost adult size so the young bat can fly and forage on their own.
Female bats control the timing of their pregnancy to optimize maximum food availability. Most of the time mating happens in the fall, but delayed fertilization means they don’t give birth for several months. Young bats will become independent around six to eight weeks old.
Signs of a bat infestation
- An actual bat sighting in your home.
- Droppings in your attic.
- High pitched squeaking sounds.
- Scratching in the walls.
- See bats coming and going from your home.
- Brown or black stains around holes.
- Strange and pungent odours.
Hamilton bat removal service
It’s important to prevent bat problems before they even start. If an infestation continues for too long you could be stuck with a bat family in your attic. Make sure all points of entry are sealed and filled. Removing access is the first step. If you find evidence of bats in your home contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Removal.
Call us today for professional bat removal. 1-888-592-0387