Why are bats attracted to my house?

The earth is rapidly changing due to the effects of climate change and many habitats are gradually disintegrating. Although scientists are always monitoring these effects, its impact is still new on the human population and so the research may be insufficient. Over the years, scientists have discovered that bats are bio indicators of climate change as they are very sensitive to changes in the environment. Much of the research now studies bat migration and flight patterns to help determine just how much the changes in the climate are affecting our environment.

Why are bats attracted to your house?

Contrary to popular opinion, bats are great animals. They are quite beneficial to the environment and our ecosystem. However, when bats invade the home, they become a problem and a nuisance. Many people do not like the idea of bats roosting on their property. This is justified as bats are known to carry and spread various diseases. Apart from making people sick, they also cause significant damage to homes and buildings where they roost. Many homeowners have discovered that no matter their efforts, they keep having bat invasions on their properties. Once they remove one, another one comes to take its place and they wonder why exactly their homes tend to attract these bats. 

Bats Attracted To House

Before you can fully understand why you keep getting regular visits from bats, it’s important to know about patterns and behaviors in bats. These behaviors will help you understand why they are always coming into your home. Some of them are discussed below.

Why and how do bats keep visiting?

They have access

If you often have bats flying in and out of your home, it means they have an entry and exit point in your home. Even if you block off one, you may notice that the bats are still returning, this means that there are multiple access points in your home that you are oblivious to. A half inch crack on the wall or ceiling is large enough for bats to squeeze in and invade your home. To ensure that these animals stop showing up in your living quarters or attics, it is important to find all entry and exit points and block them off. 

Bats Attracted To House

You may employ the services of wildlife management companies as they are experienced and they know the likely places that the bats may use when coming and going. They will be able to thoroughly inspect your property and block off those access points.

Your house serves as shelter against harsh weather

If the weather conditions are harsh, bats will look for the available shelter they can find. Most of the time that means your home. For the most part, the temperature of your home is optimized and so the bat prefers to stay inside your walls instead of being outside in the rain or snow. Also, transition times leading from one season to the next can leave bats disoriented and cause them to seek shelter elsewhere. For instance, during the days leading to the transition from winter to spring, it can get warm and cold interchangeably. This can disorientate the bat into seeking a more stable environment.

Its baby season

Bats give birth to their young in the summer. They are small and cannot fly. During the ensuing weeks, they begin to learn to fly and sometimes they may venture out on their own and get lost on the way as their echolocation abilities are not fully developed yet. They may fly through cracks, or open windows and end up in your living room. If you have more incidents of bats entering your house during the summer, it may be because of these unsupervised baby bats flying around.

You invite them in

Many people love to open their windows and while fresh air is important, it may also be an invitation to flying bats. These bats may enter your home through an open door or window, they may even use the pet entrance of your home to gain access. Therefore, if you must open your window, ensure that you have screen nets protecting the open door or window.

They need a bigger space

Bats live in colonies and sometimes the space they are sharing becomes inadequate as more bat babies are added to the colony. There is therefore the need to search for a bigger space. Your attic or chimney might just provide the perfect space for the colony to migrate to. Once in your home, it’s only a matter of time before they start to spread to other parts of the house and then you begin to see a few to many on a regular basis.

In conclusion, understanding the behaviors of bats will help you understand why they keep coming into your home. If you have a bat invasion, it’s best to call in the professionals to handle it before it gets out of hand.