What Attracts Bats to Your Property?
Bats, like most creatures, follow the course of least resistance. If you live in a place that’s uniquely habitable for any particular species of bat, don’t be surprised if they try and move in.
Bats usually their natural habitats are caves and other such secluded locations and this is why your barn, shed or attic could be so appealing to a bat in search of safety. Some species are less picky and will roost in trees and dense foliage.
Bats roost for three reasons:
1. To digest the night’s meal: After a very long night of feeding, it is not unusual to catch sight of a lone bat hanging from an off or off a tree as it hastens the night’s catch. Technically this is resting, not ‘roosting’.
2. They often roost in groups and make use of each other’s body heat to keep one another hot.
3. Breeding: Bats will choose protected environments for the creation of toddlers species. Nursery colonies are where females nurse their babies to self-sufficiency. It is common for several hundred mommy bats to share the same roost with each other producing a ‘colony’ of babies and moms.
Openings as small as 1/23 making almost every man-made structure a virtual smorgasbord of potential hiding areas. Some of the places that bats have been discovered in man-made structures include but aren’t Limited to:
* Storage sheds
* Unused and receptive structures (Dog homes, stables, etc)
* Roof tiles and shingles
* Behind dividers
3. Things to do if You Encounter a Bat
Bats are relatively timid creatures that normally move out of their way to prevent contact with people. This is why you need to be extremely cautious if you encounter one up close and personal. Less than 1/2 of a percent of bats carry rabies, but those that do are more likely to become sick or disoriented increasing their probability of coming in touch with someone. Of the couple rabies cases reported each year in the U.S., over half of them are caused by bat bites, so be careful when in close proximity and do not manage the bat with bare hands.
Bat bites aren’t always noticeable, they typically aren’t very painful so it’s possible for someone to get bitten while they are sleeping or otherwise distracted. In the event you or anyone in your household has been subjected to a bat and you aren’t 100% sure that they were not bitten, it should be seized and brought with you to your doctor to be examined for rabies. This is especially crucial in the case of a child who is found using a bat as they may not admit to becoming bitten or know the potential risk. Don’t panic – rabies remains extremely rare, but it’s far better to be safe than sorry, right?
Getting a Bat Out of Your House
Just give it a few hours and it’ll often leave all by itself. If it decides to stay around or you simply don’t have the patience to wait for it to depart, you can catch the bat and then release it outside.
The Way to Grab a Bat
If you find yourself in a situation where you must catch a bat to either bring it to your physician or release it outside of your home, the main point to consider is not to handle it with your bare hands. Find a pair of heavy work gloves and then use them to catch it and transfer it outdoors. After that you can open the container outside to spare the bat or tape it closed (do not forget air-holes) and bring it with you to a physician if somebody may have been bitten.
Before the process of removing them from your property, you should check the local ordinances and Rodent Removal as it is illegal to disturb roosts, trap and/or kill bats in several areas. This manual won’t tell you how to kill bats, but it will let you know how to get rid of them.
5. Where Are They Roosting?
If you have bats living on your property and you would like them out, the very first thing you need to do is determine where they are roosting. Grab a chair and sit out a couple evenings with an eye on the sky. Are they in the trees? Around your home? Your neighbors houses? Make a list of every place they might be roosting according to your own observation.
The next step is to go out during the day and examine carefully all of the structures you’ve identified as possible roosting areas. Create a list of every opening larger than 1/23 in diameter and also keep an eye out for telltale signs of bat habitation. You may notice dim, pellet-like droppings on walls and around regions where they roost in addition to dark smudges and stains in areas which they come into direct contact.