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How Did Bats Get in My Attic?

Bats in My Attic?


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How did bats get in my attic?

Bats enter buildings from gaps or cracks that are 1/4" to 1/2" in diameter or larger. Some of the ways bats gain entry include: an unscreened attic vent; a hole or crack under a rotted eave; a crack or separation where the chimney meets the house; loose or warped siding; an open cellar hatch; chimney; openings where pipes or wiring met the house; rotted window sills or a loose fitting screen.

How do I know bats are in my attic?

Once living inside your attic, a bat colony will only stay and grow larger. You may not even know bats are present until piles of droppings are obvious, or a strong ammonia smell seeps throughout the house. Another sign may be if you see bats flying from the house at night. You may even find bat droppings in the fireplace after they’ve fallen down from the chimney, in the basement after they’ve fallen down through the walls from the attic.

Why are bats living in my attic?

Bats have responded to habitat loss by adapting to other available habitats, including houses, barns, country churches, condominiums, townhouses and apartment buildings. Bat colonies living in buildings during the summer are called nursery or maternity colonies because they consist of mothers and their young, known as pups. Bat pups need the high temperatures found in attics and buildings in order to grow fast and put on enough fat to survive hibernation. Female bats are exceptional parents and usually return with their female offspring to the same roost each year. Little Brown Bats are known to live thirty years or more.

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