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Brown Bat Habitat 101

Brown Bat Habitat 101

The one thing that we can all agree about when it comes to animals is that they are a lot easier to understand than most humans.  You’re not going to find a lot of drama or complicated relationship statuses. In fact, most animals are pretty simplistic.

Still, there are several species of animals that seem to universally give people the chills, or what in some southern U.S. States is called the ‘heebie-jeebies’.  Bats have long since been the subject of disdain, and a lot of the discussions about them have been negative, unless you’re talking about a fictional superhero.

If on the rare occasion, you find that a bat gets trapped in your attic or basement, there is no need for panic.  There is a need for action. But to take the appropriate action, we need to understand them.

Where do Bats Live?

bats hanging in cave

Our flying, mammal friends live all over the world, but you’re not going to find them in most cold places.  They prefer warmer, damp climates, and in the winter, they migrate to the areas that provide that type of atmosphere.  

Aren’t they supposed to live in caves and caverns?  Well, those areas and ones like them such as forest trees, rock dwellings, and underground caverns provide the necessary protection and seclusion from predators. So yes, caves and caverns become homes.   

While hunting, they tend to look for places with less covering and protection in order to find food.  Bats like to hunt on lakes and rocky surfaces. They can easily spot their prey, and not have to navigate serious obstacles to get it.

Bats also tend to look for places that allow them to adhere to their nocturnal instincts since they sleep in the day, and do most of their traveling and scavenging at night.  

Where do Bats Live During the Day?

bats in trees

Well, we discussed that bats like to sleep during the day.  The main reason is because bats don’t have keen eyesight. In fact, they don’t rely on their eyes at all!  They are one of several species that use echolocation.

Echolocation simply means that they make sounds and use the vibrations of those sounds to guide them. This skill tells us that the phrase ‘blind as a bat’ is entirely wrong. In fact, if you are being compared to a bat as far as direction and capability, it might just be a compliment.

Just don’t try testing your echolocation skills while driving—or at all.

And since bats use echolocation, they don’t come out during the day.  They sleep. They sleep in trees, rocks, and caves like we said before; but they also find habitat in buildings.  Yes, even homes.

Consequently, the best time to see bats are during the dawn and dusk hours as they are coming and going from their daylight sleeping location.  

Why Are Baby Bats Important to Protect?

Mother bat hanging with baby

Okay, all of this talk about bats, and we still haven’t discussed why we shouldn’t be freaking out about them. What is there to understand? Well, the biggest thing to understand is that bats are enormously important to our environment and ecosystem.

Here are just a few examples.

Operation Pollination-  While we often think of bees and insects when it comes to the pollination of flowers, the truth is that those creatures are mainly attracted to certain types of flowers and fruits because of their color. Bats actually don’t see those shades and hues, but their work at pollination is just as important as the work of the bees.  

Spreading the Seed-  Bats feed on nectar and seed from flowers so they fertilize the earth with seed during their night travels. When I say travels, it’s important to realize that bats can cover over 200 miles in a night.  

Pesky Pests-  Speaking of insects and other pests that you don’t want in your home, bats are your best friends when it comes to pest control. Their fast, high metabolism helps them have a high rate of pest consumption. The crops and natural foods that we love so much are actually protected by bats since they will eat these nasty pests.    

Now, you might understand the importance of protecting baby bats and the bat population as a whole, but what does this have to do with finding one of these night fliers in your home? Well, if you do have one trapped in your home, the best thing to do is call a bat removal company.

One of the coolest places in your house at night is your attic or basement. It’s an instant attraction for a  bat searching for a nice place to set up house. Cracks or holes in the house can provide a way in for these creatures looking for a cool place to relax.

What to Not Do When You Find A Bat

small brown bat on wooden background

So with bat removal, there are some things you shouldn’t do.

Don’t try to attack it. It’s not going to work. Getting a bat out of a place where it feels comfortable is not an easy task.  

Don’t panic. The bat does not want to hurt you. It is simply wanting a place to feel safe.  

Don’t poison. Remember that we are trying to protect these creatures.

Don’t ignore. A lot of homeowners wait until it becomes a problem, and then it has become an issue that you can’t live with. Again, bat removal isn’t an easy process.

A professional bat removal service will help in not only removing the bat but also setting your house up so that you are protected from any more instances.  

Central Plains Bat Removal has the experience and understanding to help you.  If you find that you do have a bat in your home, don’t hesitate to call us.  If you live in the Midwest regions of Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, or Minnesota, we can provide safe and humane bat removal and inspections for your home. We’ve got ten years of experience and knowledge of these creatures, and we know exactly how to handle any situation that you may have. Call us or message us for a free consultation and estimation. We’ll give you a fair price, and we guarantee a job well done.

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