Group of Brown long-eared bat

If bats do hibernate in the winter, why are they active in my home?

It’s true, many bats do hibernate during winter. In the Hudson Valley area of New York, some species such as the little brown bat may hibernate for more than six months waiting for the return of insects in the spring. Hibernation is a survival strategy for bats to conserve energy when food sources become scarce.

But that raises the question, if some bats do hibernate in the winter (especially harsh NY winters) then why might you see them active in or around your home?

Why might you see an active bat in winter?

Bats do hibernate in winter, but can sometimes awaken.

Certain circumstances can disrupt this process and lead bats to seek refuge in unexpected places, such as your home. Additionally, bats do awaken occasionally during winter to move around a bit, or to adjust to changing temperatures if their spot is suddenly too warm or too cold. So, it’s not uncommon to spot or hear some activity from a bat that has taken up residence in an area of your home. If you suddenly do find a bat has picked your home to hibernate through winter, what should you do?

It is important not to disturb and awaken hibernating bats in the winter, because they will lose necessary fat reserves that they rely on to survive. You might have read articles online about how to remove a bat from your home that is hibernating. However, it’s best to wait until conditions warm up and their food source returns before considering bat removal or proofing. Bats are a protected species, so it is important to follow guidelines when removing them from any area.

How can you handle an active bat in winter?

Encountering a bat in your home can be unsettling, but it’s essential to handle the situation responsibly. If you find yourself facing unexpected bat visitors, reach out to professionals who specialize in bat control. The Bat Control Specialists of Hudson Valley are equipped to handle bat-related issues with expertise and care. Our team employs humane and effective methods to remove bats from your home, ensuring the safety of both you and the bats.

In addition to providing expert removal services, our specialists can offer valuable insights into preventing future bat intrusions. Simple steps, such as sealing entry points can go a long way in creating a bat-friendly yet bat-free living space.

Remember, education is key in fostering coexistence with these vital members of our ecosystem. By understanding the reasons behind a bat’s unexpected winter visit, you can make informed decisions to ensure the well-being of both your household and the fascinating bats that share our environment. If you have any concerns or questions about bats in your home, don’t hesitate to contact The Bat Control Specialists of Hudson Valley. We’re here to help you enjoy a peaceful and harmonious living space, free from any unexpected winged visitors.

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