Now is generally the time of year when pest problems tend to die down. Bats fall into this category of assumed pest activity. Removal experts, however, know that bat issues can pop up at any time.

What Do Bats Normally Do in the Winter?

During the colder months, bats typically begin to hibernate. They have very little body fat to keep them nourished, and their main sources of food, namely insects, generally aren’t available in the winter. Therefore, they go into a “power saving” mode that slows down their bodily functions in order to conserve energy. Bats generally hibernate any place where the air temperature is cool and consistent. Locations with little traffic are ideal, but bats simply need a stable area where they will be able to stay for an extended period.

Bats will often find caves to hibernate in, as it is a theoretical fit for the above conditions. In the presence of other suitable structures, however, bats will make exceptions. Unfortunately for you, that suitable structure may just be your own house. People’s homes are usually a great fit for a hibernating bat’s needs. There is plenty of room, especially if you have an attic, and most homes have a consistent air temperature.

Bats hibernating in a cave

How Do I Recognize a Bat Infestation?

A hibernating bat will not make any noise or movement, making them vulnerable to detection if they are located in plain sight. Sometimes, a bat’s hibernation will be interrupted by warm temperatures — at which point, you may hear a scratching or fluttering sound. Bats won’t fly outside unless there is food to be found, so they will usually scavenge inside for dead insects. You may hear them during their hunts, clawing around inside your walls and ceiling. Other signs of bats include guano buildup and damage to any insulation or drywall in the vicinity of the bats.

How Do I Handle My Bat Problem?

Your best bet is to let a trained professional handle the issue for you. Although it is unlikely, there is a possibility of contracting rabies or other dangerous diseases from bat bites. Furthermore, bat guano buildup can be a biological hazard, allowing a free space for bacteria to multiply. A professional exclusion company will safely, humanely remove any bats from the vicinity and perform the necessary clean-up to ensure you and your family are safe. Bat Removal Pro specializes in locating the very best candidates to service your bat removal needs so that you don’t have to. Simply visit our directory page¬†and select the area in which you are located. From there, we bring the best companies to you — give it a try! If you know (or believe) you have a bat problem this winter, let Bat Removal Pro do the work in helping you solve it.