Evening Bats of Maryland

Evening Bats of Maryland

The Evening Bat looks a lot like the Big Brown Bat except that it is significantly smaller. Evening Bats have a dull wool-like fur with noticeable bands that are darker near the body, with a gray tone in the middle and a brownish tip.  Their wing membranes are blackish brown, they have a pinkish nose and the fur on their feet is very short.

Physical Description

  • Weight – ¼ – ½ oz.
  • Body length – 3 – 3 7/8 in.
  • Wingspan – 10 – 11 in.
  • Forearm – 1 ¼ – 1 5/8 in.

Habits and Habitat

Evening bats are very active throughout the year, they migrate from Maryland to southeastern states where the temperatures are much warmer in the winter allowing them to flourish and feed on insects year-round.  These bats are not found in caves, they prefer to roost in hollow trees, under bridges, under loss shingles, and in attics.

Evening bats are pretty active throughout the year, especially since they usually make their home in states that have a warmer climate.  Many do migrate north in the spring usually returning to Maryland in April and migrating south in late September. The Evening bat is a slow and steady flyer that will feed off of insects higher in the sky than other species. Like all of the bat species in Maryland, the Evening Bat feeds entirely on insects.

Mating and Reproduction

Females gather in maternity colonies, while males will roost separately and in many cases, the male will roost solitarily. The females give birth usually to two pups in June or July.  The pups are weaned and are able to take flight on their own in four weeks. Like many animals, the evening bat pups have a signature call that allows the mother to identify and pinpoint the location of her bat pups among hundreds of other bat pups in the maternity colony.

Young are born in nursery colonies from mid-May to mid-June. The usual litter size is two. As with most other species of bats, birth is by breech presentation. After the young are born, they grasp a nipple within 5-8 minutes. Newborns are pink, except for slightly darker feet, membranes, ears, and lips; their skin is so transparent that the viscera are visible.

Range

The Evening Bat ranges from lower Michigan and the northern part of Illinois down to Nebraska and Texas, eastward to New Jersey, and south to Florida. These bats are not found everywhere in their range but are found in pockets here and there. Their highest populations are found in the coastal states of the southeast.

Diet

Evening Bats emerge from their roost at dusk to feed for the first time and feed for the second time just before dawn. This bat is a friend to farmers because it feeds on spotted cucumber bugs which cause millions of dollars in damage to crops each year. They also feed on mosquitoes, beetles, moths, flying ants, and flies.

These bats emerge early and are most often seen foraging for food in the early evening and again just before dawn. They appear to prefer open areas and are often visible over open fields and bodies of water such as ponds, streams, and lakes. In urban areas, they will fly after their food along streets between houses and roadways through suburban areas. A large colony of 200 to 300 Evening Bats will eat 6 million insects during one summer.

Contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is a nuisance wildlife control company that specializes in bat removal, bat eviction, and bat exclusion. Our technicians have been trained by one of the nation’s top Bat control experts. In addition to bat removal, we also provide:

If you have a bat problem give us a call at [Organic] or contact us online to set up an appointment.

What Are the Benefits of Bat Removal?

What Are the Benefits of Bat Removal?

Do you hear loud noises in your attic? Do you see bats in your backyard? If yes, it’s safe to say you have a bat problem. As we see bats mostly in horror films, it can be frightening to perform amateur bat removal. Your best bet to get rid of your bat problem is to have a professional perform humane bat removal services for you. Bats, like any other nuisance wildlife, can cause major damage to your home, and the repair cost can be hefty. With a diligent home inspection, a professional bat removal technician can identify exactly where bats are trespassing and making a home on your property. Based on where the bats are located, a professional bat removal technician can offer you bat removal solutions in a written report and begin bat removal service that will prevent reoccurring bat problems.

Why is Humane Bat Removal my Best Option?

The reason you should hire a professional wildlife technician to perform humane bat removal for you is based on the variety of benefits bats can offer you. Bats are not vicious creatures; they are friendly and very beneficial to humans. For one, bats can help you reduce any problems you face with mosquitoes when the warm months of summer return. In other words, you can enjoy more time outdoors because there won’t be loads of pesky insects in your backyard (female brown bats can consume their body weight in insects every summer night). And you will be happy to know that the majority of bats do not feed on blood.

Only three bat species are blood feeders and they live only in Central America and South America. As for hibernation sites, bats prefer attics, walls, tunnels, and trees. If your home has high humidity levels, you can expect bats will pay you a visit to prevent dehydration.

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife is here to handle your bat removal to protect your home property from structural damage and give you peace of mind that your home is truly bat proofed. We will remove bat feces from your home, outs bats from your attic, and perform other essential professional bat control services. Our wildlife control technicians are fully trained to use the latest techniques for bat removal services. Here are just a few humane bat removal services we can offer you:

  • Live trapping and removal service
  • Exclusion services
  • Attic cleanups

Contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control Today

We handle bat removal for bat migrating species as well as bat hibernating species. You can count on Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control to serve as your humane nuisance wildlife control company. Our bat removal services will prevent property damage, protect you from disease and save you money. Give our wildlife control technicians a call to have any questions answered about wildlife control solutions. We also provide removal services for:

We humanely resolve wildlife dilemmas, no matter how big or small. Let us keep wildlife out of your sight and mind. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is here to protect you from invasive wildlife. Our company is fully insured and licensed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Delaware Fish & Game and Virginia Fish & Game. Call us for wildlife control services. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well. For more information about our wildlife control services, contact us at [Direct] or go to our contact us page.

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2 Beneficial Animals to Have Around But Not Inside

2 Beneficial Animals to Have Around But Not Inside

Wildlife is all around us. Whether you live in Glen Burnie, Bethesda or Rockville, not a day goes by without seeing at least one representative of the animal kingdom. It’s often fascinating and even awe-inspiring to run into them in the wild, but it can be scary and unsettling if the encounter happens inside your own home. Today, we want to talk about 2 Maryland animals that are common in our state and are beneficial to the environment, but can wreak a havoc on your home if they decide to move in.

Bats

Maryland is home to 10 species of bats. Bats are nocturnal creatures that leave their roost after the sun goes down and go hunting for insects. Each bat can consume over 1,000 mosquito-sized insects in just one hour! If you leave near a pond, a swamp or near woods, having bats in your neighborhood can be a huge blessing. They are the reason you can stargaze from your deck without being bothered. And the reason you can take your dog out before bed without coming back with 10 itchy bumps. Take a look at this video highlighting the importance of bats not only for your personal comfort, but for the global agriculture and economy: www.youtube.com

However, bats can also become a nuisance when they take an opportunity to move into our attics. They use the attic during the daytime to rest and digest, which inevitably leads to piles of guano (bat poop). Now, considering that each bat can eat as much as their own weight in insects each night, imagine how much guano you will have from a colony of 50 bats. This guano can ruin your attic insulation, soak through the ceiling and harbor dangerous bacteria. If you have bats in your attic, contact a bat removal professional to have them safely and humanely relocated. Remember, bats are protected by the Maryland law and killing them is illegal.

Snakes

Yes, snakes! As menacing as they can look, some snakes are actually good to have on your property. For one, they help control mice population, which means fewer mice thinking about moving into your home. Snakes can also be beneficial for your garden, as they eat slugs and small insects, helping keep your crops healthy and whole. Here is a great video showing a garter snake and explaining what it does for the environment: www.youtube.com

Unfortunately, not all snakes are this helpful and some are actually venomous. On occasion, a snake may chase after a mouse and get inside your home where it may decide to stay. Snakes are known to live inside walls, ceiling and even air ducts. Large colonies of snakes can cause thousands of dollars in damage, because drywall generally has to be removed to clean out their nest. If you’ve encountered a snake in you home on more than one occasion, this could be the first sign of trouble. It could be a lost wanderer, but it’s also possible that you have an infestation. Contact us right away if you think you have snakes or bats in your home!

5 Pest Animals Most Likely to Invade Your Attic

5 Pest Animals Most Likely to Invade Your Attic

If you aren’t using your attic as a living space, the chances are someone else will. We are talking about sneaky wildlife that can gain access to your attic and make themselves comfortable. They live there, stash their food there, even have babies and die there! It’s good to be aware of the kinds of animals that are likely to invade your attic. So when you start hearing odd noises or noticing leaks and roof damage, you can put two and two together. Our Montgomery County animal removal experts are happy to give you some basic information on the Maryland wildlife that likes to nest in attics.

Squirrels in the Attic

We write about squirrels a lot on our blog and there is a good reason for that. Eastern Gray Squirrels are one of the most common wildlife pests found in Maryland attics. Like most wildlife seeking shelter in our dwellings, squirrels typically do so to find a safe place to have their babies. So what you think is one harmless squirrel in your attic is actually a squirrel family with an appetite for destruction. Because squirrels have front teeth that constantly grow longer and longer, they need to gnaw on stuff to keep the size in check. This “stuff” includes wood and wiring in your attic. In fact, squirrels are known to cause house fires due to their chewing habits, so don’t take this invader lightly.

Raccoons in the Attic

Raccoon is one of the largest animals you may find in your attic. Therefore, they are usually one of the easiest to notice, as they make quite a bit of noise, especially at night. Raccoon are very strong for their size. Where a squirrel would gnaw a hole in your fascia board, a raccoon would just rip the entire board off if it’s been weakened by the elements. The worst part about having raccoons in your attic is probably the raccoon latrine—the spot raccoons use as their litter box. Their feces and urine will ruin your insulation and can even soak though the ceiling. Many raccoons are infected with the raccoon roundworm parasite, so be careful if you plan on cleaning up the latrine yourself.

Bats in the Attic

If raccoons are the largest attic invaders, bats would probably take the trophy for the largest crowd. Bats live in colonies, so it’s not unusual to have 50 or more bats living at one time in your attic. The more bats you have, the sooner you may want them gone, because their strength is indeed in numbers. If not for the bat guano (bat poop), having bats in the attic would have been an all-around positive thing. After all, they eat mosquitoes and other insects in large amounts, making your summer nights more pleasant. Unfortunately, all that food ends up as pounds of guano in your attic. In extreme cases, it can weigh down your ceiling so much, it may collapse. In less severe cases, it will stink, stain your insulation and become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, such as the dangerous histoplasma.

Mice and Rats in the Attic

Mice and rats are sneaky rodents that can be virtually anywhere in your house. They can chew holes through most surfaces, creating safe routes they can use to stay out of our sight. They can be found in attics too, where mice and rats can roam freely since humans barely use this space. While they don’t do nearly as much damage as squirrels or raccoons, rats and mice are still unwanted critters. One of the biggest risks of having them around is the fact that they can contaminate your food and your kitchen counters. Rodents often carry numerous diseases and bacteria they can “share” with you.

Birds in the Attic

Birds in residential attics are not very common, but they do get in on occasion. Birds like starlings, pigeons and sparrows will first try your vents, gutters and soffits, but if the access to the attic is easy, they will nest there too. Birds build nests in spring to lay eggs and hatch their young. Once that’s done, they usually leave on their own. However, having birds in your attic means bird poop everywhere and a risk of a bird mite infestation. So depending on your situation and the number of birds in your attic, you may want them gone sooner rather than later. But don’t worry. If you find any of these critters in your attic, you can always rely on Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control to safely remove them and clean up any mess they left behind. Call us or contact online today for help fighting your attic invaders.

How Do You Get Bats Out of the Attic?

How Do You Get Bats Out of the Attic?

With all due respect for everything bats do for the environment and ecosystem, they are not the best neighbors. When a colony of bats moves into your attic, they can cause thousands of dollars in property damage, as well as expose you to potentially deadly diseases, such as rabies and histoplasmosis. But you can’t simply ask them to leave. And just the thought of entering an attic where dozens (maybe even hundreds) of bats hang upside down is somewhat nerve-wrecking. As Maryland bat removal experts, we get a lot of calls about bat problems in Edgewater, Glen Burnie, Annapolis and many other areas. We don’t recommend homeowners tackling bat problems on their own, simply due to the associated health risks. But if you want to know how we do it, here is a brief overview of how to get rid of bats in your attic.

The Concept of Bat Exclusion

It would be nice if you could put up an eviction notice in your attic and wait till the bats comply. But we have the next best thing that is called bat exclusion. The idea behind bat exclusion is to let the bats leave the attic on their own but prevent them from returning. This is achieved by installing one-way devices, such as mesh netting and bat valves, on the entry and exit points used by bats (typically gable vents and holes along the roof line.)

Why Bat Exclusion is Our Preferred Method

  • It works every time
  • It allows to get rid of the bats without hurting them
  • It’s humane, effective and fast

It’s important to know that not all bats will leave at the same time. Some of them will fly out at night to hunt, while others, especially the younger generation, may stay in. For this reason, we avoid conducting bat exclusion during the times of year when bats have flightless young with them. They are helpless and will die by themselves if they are separated from the mother.

Bat-Proofing Your Attic

After a few nights, the majority of the bats should be gone from your attic. We always check to make sure every single bat is removed before sealing their entrance holes. Bats are small and can’t apply much force to make their own holes, but thanks to their size, they usually find plenty of opportunities to enter your attic through tiny gaps. To make sure the bats don’t return to your attic, our Maryland bat exclusion pros take care to identify and seal all current and potential gaps and holes, including but not limited to:

  • Gaps around window and door frames
  • Corners formed by siding
  • Flashing around the chimney and plumbing vents
  • Fascia boards and drip edge

After everything is sealed, our cleanup division can start removing bat droppings, damaged insulation and other contaminated items from your attic. This is one of the reasons Maryland homeowners choose Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control because, trust us, you don’t want to clean up this mess yourself!

Bat Houses

As we mentioned in the beginning of the article, bats are actually beneficial to have around, especially if you live near a body of water and have an insect problem. If you want to coexist with bats peacefully without allowing them to invade your attic, you could install bat houses on your property. There is no guarantee bats will use them, but this will give the evicted bats somewhere to go to instead of trying to enter your attic again or moving into your neighbor’s attic. Do you have any further questions about bat exclusion or want us to remove bats from your attic? Give our Maryland bat removal technicians a call today to get your bat problem solved!