Bats are very common in Michigan. They are nocturnal flying mammals, not related to birds. Mother bats give live birth to one baby at a time, not from an egg. The mother will feed it milk, and the pup will stay with its mother for a year before it is ready to leave on their own. Bats mate in autumn, bearing their children in June and July.
They are very smart animals and have a very unique method of finding prey. Bats are not blind, rather depending on their sonar abilities to find food, as well as navigate during flight. They aren’t like birds in the sense that they cannot just take off and fly, but rather they need to warm up and stretch to get the blood flowing to their wings’ muscles.
They seek undisturbed places to set up shelter, as they are very shy animals. The most common places where they’ll enter a home is in the attic, and they can be very noisy. They carry diseases, such as histoplasmosis, which can be contracted by breathing in particles while cleaning up their droppings. Despite their nesting habits, they are very clean mammals, pruning themselves and other bats constantly. They scratch and lick each other for hours on end during the day when they’re resting.
Bats, if left long enough, can definitely do structural damage to a building. Pest EZ East recommends a professional sealing of a home to prevent bats from entering in the first place, and we are also able to get the bats out if you have them. They can make their way back to a home easily if not sealed the correct way.
Homeowners should be hesitant of structural repairs from just anyone in the event that bats have taken shelter in their homes. If not done by those with carpentry or pest control backgrounds, they rarely are successful in keeping bats away. Before hiring Pest EZ East, some of our clients have paid thousands of dollars to have their home re-roofed by companies that didn’t understand bats. Unfortunately, the bats returned within a year.
Contact the bat experts at Pest EZ East today to seal your home or commercial building, and we’ll ensure that they don’t come back!