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When do bats have their babies?

A baby bat discovered inside an attic during an inspection

A baby bat discovered inside an attic during an inspection

Timing is everything when it comes to controlling bats. The most humane method for removing a colony of bats from a home relies on locking them out of the structure after they’ve exited to feed. The trouble is that bats spend most of the year hibernating, making it impossible to perform humane removals between September and April.

Things get more complicated with the arrival of summer and baby bats. Female bats begin giving birth to their babies in June and the babies won’t begin leaving the roost and feeding outside until several weeks afterward. During this time, baby bats are reliant on their mothers for survival. Removing and excluding adult female bats during the birthing season means locking them away from their babies and starving them to death inside the house. This is both inhumane and ineffective.

Responsible and humane wildlife control professionals do not perform bat removals during June and July. It might be difficult for frustrated homeowners living with bats to hear, but a grace period is needed to allow all the bats to mature. The most effective and humane way to remove the colony is to wait until August when the babies have grown up and begin flying and feeding outside. Once the babies have reached maturity, one-way doors are installed over the entry points to allow the bats to exit the home in search of food and prevent their re-entry. But remember, by mid to late September, when overnight temperatures begin to drop and flying insects become harder to find, bats will go back into hibernation.

Between hibernation and baby season, the window to remove and exclude bats from a house is very narrow. Depending on weather, bats can only be removed after hibernation but before babies are born in late April through to May and once again when the babies have grown up but before they’ve gone back into hibernation in August and early September.

This baby isn’t ready won’t be ready to fly for a few more weeks

This baby isn’t ready won’t be ready to fly for a few more weeks

Many homeowners dealing with a bat colony living inside their attic make the mistake of sealing the entry points during late fall or winter because they believe that bats migrate away from the home after summer. The truth is that the consistent and warm temperatures offered by attics and walls mean that many bats also hibernate through winter inside homes.

Removing and excluding a bat colony takes experience and know how. A thorough understanding of bat biology and an ability to identify and properly seal their entry points is required. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has been getting rid of bats from homes and businesses since 1989. You can trust our proven process to protect your home and family.

If you suspect your attic is home to a colony of bats then call us today at 1-888-592-0387!

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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