Will Bats Leave My Attic On Their Own?

Image of spotted bat caught by the national park service

When an animal like this enters the home, the most common reaction people have is that they believe the bats will eventually leave. In the case of some animals, this may be true. Birds, for example, fly south for the winter, giving you the opportunity to make sure they don’t come back by sealing a hole or crack in your siding where they’re getting in. A bat, on the other hand, is an entirely different story.

It’s possible that dozens, if not hundreds of bats, have made their way into your attic, barn, or shed. They can be extremely challenging to get rid of once they’ve gotten inside. It is not an option for you to decide that they will eventually go away. Death will happen, but you know there will be dozens or hundreds to take their place. As a result, if you suspect that these flying pests have infiltrated your home, you must act quickly to eliminate them.

Learn More: Most Asked Bat Control Questions

Why Did Bats Invade My Attic?

Bats are not attracted to light, contrary to popular belief. Instead, they’re attracted to moths and mosquitoes, which swarm around lights. Bats prefer dry, dark areas for their nesting sites. Bat attraction is influenced by temperature as well. For bats, a nesting site must be warm but not too hot. Because some species prefer to nest in trees, they are drawn to wood framing in attics.

Bats will also seek out nesting sites that are close to food and water sources. They are willing to travel up to a quarter-mile to get to these locations. Just because your yard lacks a pond or stream doesn’t mean bats aren’t present in your attic.

How Long Do Bats Live?

Bats have a longer lifespan because they are most active at night, avoiding most predators. As a result, these animals live for 10 to 20 years on average. In the right environment, however, some species can live for 30 years or longer. Contact Animals Happens to speak with a bat control expert to learn more about bats, or if you believe you have a bat colony that has infested in your home or business, to discuss exclusion work that may be able to help.

Will Bat Repellants Force Bats Out Of The Attic?

There is no such thing as a bat repellent, unfortunately. Many gimmick devices on the wildlife control market claim to be repellents, but they don’t work. Likewise, high-frequency devices plugged into your wall will also not work.

Bat repellents, mothballs, and bat baits are all ineffective. They make your bat problem much worse than it needs to be. Bat removal requires a great deal of patience and effort. The majority of people are looking for a quick, low-cost, and effective way to deal with the bat problem. Unfortunately, there are no bat repellents available, but there is a solution to your bat problem. The most effective and only way to get rid of bats from your home is to use the live bat exclusion methods.

Will Bats Babies Leave The Attic?

The bats in your home are most likely part of a maternity colony. Maternity colonies are groups of female bats that gather in the spring to give birth and raise their young. The baby bats (pups) are born and cared for by older female bats. At any given time, each female has only one pup. For a few months, the pups are unable to fly. So they are usually left in the roost while the mothers go outside to forage for insects. After that, baby bats will remain in the attic until they can fend for themselves (at least 3 months).