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Is Your Home Ready for the return of Milwaukee's Bats?

As spring rolls around, many of Milwaukee’s wildlife are beginning awake from their long winter sleep. Among these animals are nature’s famous winged mammals, bats, who become more active during the springtime. After spending a long cold winter in hibernation, bats emerge ready to celebrate the rejuvenation of spring with the remainder of the wildlife community. As bats begin to migrate north this spring, flooding the skies with their acrobatic shenanigans and fascinating aerial maneuvers, residents will no doubt be in search of a bat removal company to keep the flying mammals off their Milwaukee properties.

April – The Month of Romance for Bats


The warmth of spring encourages bugs to come out in droves, setting up a luxurious buffet for bats who, incidentally… or perhaps strategically, also emerge at this time. Additionally, the warmth of the spring is conducive to amorous bat activities. Bats usually mate in April, which means even higher levels of bat activity in your vicinity. If you’re contemplating using this timing to calculate when bat offspring will arrive, think again. After mating is complete, female bats store sperm inside their bodies and then use them to impregnate themselves later. They can do this up to five months after mating!

Why Bats Come Home… to You


Bats enter your home when they need a safe place to roost, and your attic is ideal for them. Attics are warm and safe havens during the winter. Outside of winter, your attic provides a safe place to roost and to establish nursing colonies for bat offspring. So when bats move into your attic they are simply trying to survive. But bats in the attic can spell disaster for the building’s inhabitants or owners. Bat occupation of buildings, when allowed to spiral out of control can result in expensive damage to the structure. To make matters worse, the accumulation of their urine and droppings initiate and encourage rot in building materials.

Bat Issues are Best Tackled by Experts


Although bats are troublesome when they intrude on human space, the solution is never extermination. Milwaukee cannot afford to add to the problems (such as the infamous White Nose Syndrome) already plaguing its bat population and threatening their very existence because the animals play a crucial role in preserving the environment we call home. Their penchant for the taste of insects, for one, keeps the pesky wildlife population under control and by extension reduces the annoyance we face from them. They also aid in the spread of greenery as they disperse seeds (many of which later develop into trees and shrubs) as they fly around. Suffice it to say, if we lose our bats the ecosystem changes forever and not for the better.

Instead, residents should look into the services of a humane professional bat removal company for the solution to their bat-related issues affecting their Milwaukee properties. Skedaddle is one of the best in the field. It is important to understand also that it is in the best interest of everyone that bat removal and relocation is avoided during the winter. In the spring or summer, removal and relocation may be attempted through humane measures such as the installation of one-way doors that allow bats to leave but stop them from returning. Of course, a Skedaddle technician will always ensure that all offspring are safely removed before one-way doors are installed. Bat removal should ideally be followed up with preventive measures such as the installation of barriers (such as chimney caps and mesh coverings for vents) to ensure that bats do not return.

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About the author:Marcus is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Milwaukee. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Marcus combines the academic training (M.S. Wildlife Biology, UW Madison) with the field training and skills to be successful in resolving wildlife conflict for home and business owners.

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