It's common knowledge that springtime usually means new babies are being born throughout the animal kingdom. Little chicks, foals, baby cows—those are all cute and cuddly. However, there's one particular animal whose babies can be a source of frustration to homeowners throughout the Southeast—bats.
There are approximately 16 species of bats living in Georgia and 14 in South Carolina. These winged creatures are quite beneficial to our ecosystem, feasting on meals of mosquitoes and other flying insects. Bats have garnered an unsavory reputation throughout history, thanks in part to Hollywood's continued association of bats with vampires and creatures of the night.
Even if they're not exactly adorable, why would baby bats be a cause of concern to homeowners?
The maternity season for bats in our area is roughly April through July. During this time, female bats will be searching for a place to roost and give birth to their pups. Oftentimes, females will settle their colony inside the attic of an unsuspecting homeowner. During the majority of the year, these bats could be removed and excluded with little cause of concern. However, when bats are born, they are not yet able to fly. Given that they are a protected species, it is unlawful to exclude bats during this time when the young have no way of leaving under their own power.
What should you do if you hear fluttering in your attic or see droppings under your gable vents?
Call a professional. Remember, bats are a protected species, meaning no one is to cause harm to them in any way. Depending on the timing of birth, the beginning of May tends to be the deadline for removing female colonies until the beginning of August. In other words, if you haven't addressed this issue and you've already seen the warning signs of bats, you better get moving! Otherwise, you'll be hearing little bat wings for the next few months.
Are there exceptions to the rule?
Exceptions can be made if there is an imminent threat to the health of your household. Bat guano can cause respiratory issues and diseases, particularly for those with pre-existing conditions, the elderly, and the young. Male bat colonies are also allowed to be excluded during this time, since there would be no young present.
Cingo plans include wildlife removal.
Cingo's comprehensive home protection plans include wildlife removal from the structure of your home. With over 25 team members with permits in nuisance wildlife control, we are qualified to safely and effectively remove any unwanted creatures taking up residence in your home—at least those of the animal and pest varieties.
If you find yourself fascinated with bats and would like to learn more, visit Bat Conservation International.