Do Bats Hibernate

Do Bats Hibernate?

Bats are small, furry animals of the order chiroptera. They are the only mammals capable of flight, and they exhibit an impressive set of characteristics including the production of echolocation and the ability to eat thousands of mosquitoes in one night. They’re also creatures of legend, with ties to vampire lore and ancient superstition. Ultimately, bats are an interesting species whose habitats must be protected. If a colony has made its way into your home, give us a call and we will remove the bats humanely. We offer comprehensive bat removal and wildlife-proofing in southern Ontario.

Bats hibernate wherever the weather gets cold. In Canada, some species migrate south, while some choose to stay and hibernate. Typically, these bats hibernate between October and April. As insectivores, their food simply becomes too scarce for them to remain active. They hunker down, instead, roosting in caves, hollow trees, and other enclosed areas where they can be safe from predators. In some cases, they hibernate in attics. Attics are warm, safe, and above ground – perfect for a colony to wait out the cold. Here, they huddle together and wait for spring.

Although bats are generally harmless, housing them in the attic will cause extensive damage. Over time, their feces pile up on the floor, which spreads germs and odours. Dirtying the attic with feces may also cause rot and mold. It’s important that you remove bats as soon as you discover them or avoid them entirely by excluding your attic. Contact a local wildlife removal company for an inspection. If it is early enough in the season, you can have the bats removed safely. If it is mid-winter, you will likely have to wait until spring. Then, a technician can remove them.

How to Avoid a Bat Invasion

Bats get into attics by crawling through the gaps. Little spaces between the soffits and the walls of the home are often wide enough to fit the little critters. Any space that is a quarter of an inch wide will fit a bat. To avoid an invasion, simply have your roof inspected or examine it carefully yourself. Seal gaps with silicone caulking or mesh. If you want to provide bats with a safe place to stay, add a bat house to your property. Bat houses, like bird houses, can be affixed to a pole or tree. They provide bats with a safe and warm place to roost.

Bats are fascinating, misunderstood creatures. Like much of Canada’s wildlife, bats suffer from disease and deforestation. It is imperative that you have them removed humanely. Call Bat Control today if there are bats in your area. We offer safe and comprehensive bat removal services. Our technicians use one-way doors and humane methods of removal to ensure that no bats are harmed. To keep them from coming back, we offer complete exclusion services in which we seal every potential entry point with high quality materials. Call Bat Control today: 647-931-6459.