PUBLISHED ON December 2nd, 2014
Not only do bats sleep during the day, they hibernate throughout the winter. Washington and Oregon pest control experts warn that if your home is simply accessible, bats may choose it as their hibernation spot. By knowing about common Northwest bats and prevention strategies, you can take strides in thwarting their presence in your home.
Northwest bats are beneficial nocturnal mammals that eat flying insects such as mosquitoes, moths, termites and flies. They have good eyesight and use echolocation at night to find insects. Bats seem to fly erratically because they often fly and eat at the same time.
In September or October, bats choose a humid hibernation site that protects them predators, light, noise, cold temperatures and other disturbances. A bat may hibernate alone or in groups. Oregon and Washington pest control specialists state that it’s important to not disturb hibernating bats or nursery colonies with flightless pups. If you find bats hibernating in your home or on your property, a pest expert may suggest waiting until early spring to remove them.
Bat prevention should start in the summer. Prevention methods include:
Northwest bats are generally harmless, but you should never try to handle one—especially during the day or if it’s sick or dead. A bat that’s active during the day is usually sick. If you encounter a bat in your home, close any closet doors, open the window and close the door to the room. It will eventually fly outside. If there’s more than one bat in your home, call a professional—such as Eden—right away.