Bats

full wing span of big brown batAdvantage Pest Control is available for bat removal and remediation services. Bats can leave behind large amounts of fecal matter, soiled insulation and leave exterior walls of homes and businesses looking rather unsightly. It takes a careful inspection and skilled person with knowledge of bats to successfully remove and exclude them for the long term.

Little Brown Bat

Capable of eating 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour, the little brown bat has earned the reputation of being the best bug killer in the world. The little brown bat uses echo-location to hunt and eats its body weight in insects each night. This bat isn’t very selective it will eat a large number of insect pests in the garden or yard. The bat snags its prey with its wings and tail membranes. The little brown bat will typically have much larger populations than The Big Brown Bat. Smaller colonies of 15 or larger colonies are 30-80, but can get up to several hundred.

They start arriving in the Maine early April through later in May depending on the colony. They have their young around early June and the young will not fly the 3rd week of July or early August. Usually 1-2 offspring. Bats are slow to reproduce.

These bats hibernate in caves or fissures in ground for stable temperatures and higher moisture content. They often hibernate in Maine, NH, VT and NY. They like very hot conditions, a maternity colony would be perfectly suited for a nice hot attic space.

They may start leaving homes in early August. Bats can make a lot of squeaking and scratching sounds in walls, under attic insulation, especially when nursing their young.

Very young bats will cling to their mother when she flys. Because their echo-location is so precise they rarely ever hit an object or people.

Big Brown Bats

This bat is known to stay year round in Maine and commonly hibernates in houses. Their colonies are small and range from just a few to 15. When hibernating in homes, they will usually be found in numbers of 2-5 individuals. They have been known to awaken in January or February and show up in homes flying around.

When excluded from a structure at higher levels it may try to enter at lower portions of the building. This bat does not like heat, and will leave attics in hot weather and return when fall approaches. The droppings are one way of determining if it’s a Little Brown Bat or Big Brown.

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