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Part 2: More Bat Trivia for Milwaukee Homeowners

Bats fall among the most feared animals in Mother Nature’s domain. But this stems largely from misconceptions and our inability to understand them. If we take the time to learn about them we’ll find that they play a very critical role in making our world habitable for us and all living beings.

Most North American Bats are the Big Brown and Little Brown bat.

A great first step to dealing with bats is to learn more about them. There are numerous species of bats in the world. Milwaukee, for instance, is home to seven varieties of bats. Among them are:

  • Little Brown Bat
  • Big Brown Bat
  • Hoary
  • Silver-Haired Bat
  • Eastern Pipistrelle
  • Eastern Red Bat
  • Northern Long-Eared Bat

Bat Facts

One little-known fact about bats is that they live long, especially for such small animals. This may unnerve those who worry about a plethora of bats flying around. Fortunately though, in the category of procreation, these winged mammals are pretty average, with most species producing one pup per gestation and a few producing as many as four pups in each.

There is no need to be wary of all the bats in the Wisconsin area. Of all these bat species listed, only the first two (little brown bat and big brown bat) habitually venture into homes.

Another misconception about bats is that they all hibernate during the winter.  Three of the species listed above (the silver-haired bat, the hoary bat and the eastern red bat) actually flee the Wisconsin area for warmer temperatures as each winter approaches. That leaves us with the other four, of whom only two tend to venture into homes.

Except for the few who go for fruits, bats are insect eaters, which is one of the many things that makes them perfect for the ecosystem- they keep the insect population under control. They also help to reforest the world’s green spaces by transporting seeds from one area to the next and fertilizing the earth with their droppings.

Bats usually colonize in the attic of a home.

Bat Infestations-The Dangers

A bat infestation that progresses too long can result in the establishment of a colony. This colony can cover an entire attic in droppings. Additionally, a bat infestation, of any magnitude exposes people in the home to diseases such as rabies. If bats seem to be taking over your home you need the best animal control Milwaukee has to offer.

Getting Bats Out and Keeping Them There

For animal control, Milwaukee residents can rely on the expertise of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control.

Skedaddle’s expert animal control team will examine your home to determine the extent of the bee infestation. They will then get to work, removing all the bats along with all traces of their presence. Afterward, they will get to work, setting up robust defenses that will keep bats away from your home, effectively protecting you and your family from future infestation.

But the best way to deal with a bat infestation is to avoid one in the first place.  So if your home is currently bat-free, now is the best time to get the experts on your side, erecting sturdy defenses against bat infestation.

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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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