Will a bat in the attic have a nest of babies?
If you find bats in your attic or building, they are most likely
female. Female bats form cloisters or nursing colonies in the late
spring and come into your home to have a place to have their babies.
Each female bat has only one to three pups at a time depending on
the type of bat. On average, the pups are unable to fly for several
months, and are not weaned till they are 6 months and so require
constant care. During that time, the pups are left in the roost
while the mothers go out and get food.
The dates for bats to give birth vary slightly, according to
climate, but are normally between mid-aprils to early June. By the
end of august, all of the pups born in the spring should be able to
fly, and leave the roost at night with the others you should never
remove bats during the maternity season. Most importantly it is
illegal to do so without a special permit in most places. Bats are a
protected because of the benefits they provide by eating insects and
other pests. Another reason is that the babies are unable to feed
themselves until they can fly. If you take away the mothers then the
babies are going to starve to death. This is not only extremely
cruel; it leaves you with dead bats in your attic.
Mother bats, as almost all mothers, will be frantic to get to her
young. If you have sealed off all entrances to the attic, she might
search for another way into your home. She could come in through
open doors and windows in the living or working areas of your home.
Most maternity colonies contain a minimum of perhaps 15 female bats.
No one wants a colony of 15 desperate mother bats rushing in through
your open door desperately searching for their babies.
Starving babies will try to crawl in search of food.
They are tiny and can fit through cracks and end up spread through
your home. Many of the pups are going to die in the walls as they
search. So you could end up 40 or more dead animals in your home.
That is Not only a horrible fate for them, but it will cause an
awful stench and infestations of other organisms will come to feed
on the rotting carcasses. Wait for the end of the maternity season,
mid to late August for them to leave. Locate gaps they use to enter
and seal them up completely. Your bats will find another roost
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