Bats are a common animal in Minnesota. There are many species that live in the twin cities. Most are insectivores, and they feed on insects at dusk and at night. Bats will also frequent outside lighting where insects will be flying in warmer weather. They are attracted to water because insects also inhabit these areas and because Minnesota is home to more than 10,000 bats are almost everywhere. In Minnesota we have both colonial bats that live in large groups and solitary bats. Bats do not have a leader but instead decide to live together for convenience.
Bats emerge in the early days of spring and leave their overwintering sites and find a summer home. Typically, the first to establish nesting areas are the females ready to give birth because of this, these new colonies are known as maternity or nursery colonies. Baby bats are usually born during the summer months. Bats remain in the summer roost until the fall sets in and they need to move to find somewhere to winter. Before they move to the overwintering site the bats mate.
All bats in Minnesota hibernate. Some will travel long distances while others will stay near. Many bats will choose to gather in large numbers during the winter to keep one another warm. Bat management is truly a challenge. Bats are able to fit into very small areas, and that is why it is so easy for them to enter into homes.
Bats often will hide in chimneys. Because they can be a potentially dangerous infestation to control, it is necessary to hire a professional. Bats are vectors for disease and therefore it is necessary to take care of bat problems immediately. Not only do bats carry diseases but there droppings also create an environment for a fungus which can cause lung disease in humans. Spores contained within the dust are inhaled into the lungs and the results can be fatal.
It is very important that proper inspection techniques and execution methods be utilized. If not, you could end up with many bats being closed in your walls, eves, attic or chimney and if you try to rid your chimney of bats there is potential for them to enter your home and cause more serious problems and pose a larger threat to your health. t54
If your house is currently under attack by bats it is wise to call a professional. At MN Wild Animal Management Inc. we are experienced in handling bat removals safely and in a timely manner. We service the twin cities including the suburbs of Andover, Coon Rapids, Ham Lake and Oak Grove. Hiring a professional company guarantees the safety of you and your loved ones, along with prevention services to keep bats out for good.