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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Look Out for These Wildlife Invaders Active in Fall

Look Out for These Wildlife Invaders Active in Fall

Fall may be a few weeks away, but animals already sense its imminent arrival. We’ve talked in our previous post about how to protect your attic from unwelcome animal invaders looking to “catch a free ride” at your expense. We gave you some good tips for wildlife-proofing your home, but we haven’t talked much about who you are up against. Our Howard County wildlife removal experts are here today to address this topic. Whether you live in Columbia, Ellicott City, Glenwood, Hanover, Jessup or elsewhere in Maryland, here are some of the opportunistic animals that may try to get into your home this fall.

Bats

Not all bats hibernate during winter—some migrate to warmer clients. And of those that do hibernate, most prefer to do so in caves or hollow trees. However, there are two species of bats common in Howard County and throughout Maryland that have adapted to hibernate in buildings. We are talking about the Big Brown Bat and the Little Brown Bat. An entire bat colony may quietly move into your attic or roost inside your walls without you noticing a thing until it’s too late. Bats typically require a hibernation temperature between 40F and 50F, and your attic accommodates them wonderfully in this regard. If it gets too hot, the bats can move closer to the roof. And if it gets too cold, they can flock together against the interior-facing walls. Bats start moving into attics when the temperature drops in late October – early November and they stay until March – April.

Rodents

Rodents, such as rats and mice, are pretty content with living in the wild during the warmer months. But once the vegetation dies and their sources of food diminish, rodents start looking for a better winter shelter. And what’s better than the warmth and comfort of your home? When it comes to rodents, rats and mice are the ones you should be on the lookout for. They are relatively small and can enter through existing holes around your foundation and even run into the open door as you are airing out the basement. One or two mice or rats in a home may not be a problem, but where there’s one there’s soon going to be a dozen. Rats and mice can chew though almost anything to get to the food they want, so keep an eye on damaged food packaging in your cupboards or pantry.

Squirrels

It’s fun to watch squirrels hopping around your yard and gathering nuts from nearby trees. But it’s only fun until you realize that the squirrel is stashing those nuts in your attic. Despite the fact that we rarely see squirrels in winter, they don’t hibernate. Therefore, they need a warm shelter and food supplies to make it though Howard County’s bitter cold winters. Your attic makes a perfect winter den for both the Eastern Gray Squirrel and the Flying Squirrel. These are some dangerous neighbors despite their small size—their extensive chewing can lead to expensive repairs and even create fire hazards.

Raccoons

A raccoon has adapted to surviving the cold winter weather in numerous ways. It grows thick fur, builds up fat stores and takes every opportunity to secure a warm den. Sometimes, this means breaking into your attic and ripping up your insulation. Instead of hibernating, raccoons enter a state of torpor, which means they sleep for long periods of time, yet they wake up and look for food on warmer days. This makes raccoons living in your attic during winter hard to spot, as they are quiet most of the time and do their business at night when everyone’s asleep. Do you think these or other critters may be looking to move into your Howard County home this fall? Give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call or contact us online today to remove current and prevent future wildlife infestations.

Protecting Your Attic From a Fall Wildlife Invasion

Protecting Your Attic From a Fall Wildlife Invasion

Where did the summer go? It seems like 4th of July was last week and now it’s Labor Day already!? There are no drastic temperature drops yet, but the nights keep getting cooler. You might not feel it, but the animals living in the forest near your home don’t need a calendar to tell that winter is around the corner. And they already have dibs on your attic as the perfect spot to overwinter. Our Maryland wildlife removal specialists typically get a lot of calls in the fall about bats, raccoons, squirrels and other critters invading attics. If you don’t want to deal with wildlife invasion this fall, take these steps to protect your home.

Repair Any Evident Damage

Most animal home invaders are opportunistic creatures. If they see a gaping hole or a loose shingle, they will take the chance. Some animals, such as raccoons and squirrels, can use their hands and teeth respectively to make an existing hole big enough for them. So make sure you don’t have any damage to the outside of your home that screams “Come on in!” Check and repair the following:

As you can see in the photo above, there is a big hole chewed through by a gray squirrel in the roof of this home in Severna Park, Md. Even though the shingles were in a good shape and the drip edge was installed, this didn’t stop a determined squirrel. At least in this case, the homeowner noticed the hole. But if your roof is already shabby, you may not see any squirrel entry signs at all, so get it fixed!

Trim Back the Trees

If you have large trees next to your home, they probably have long branches that arch over your roof. This is another way animals, especially raccoons and squirrels, can get onto your roof and into your attic. Don’t make it easy for them! Trim back long branches to make sure that the only way to get on your roof is by climbing, which brings us to the next tip.

Remove Clutter Around the House

Do you have a tower of plastic chairs piled up next to your garage after this year’s family reunion? Or maybe you keep your firewood right against your home? Whatever it is, be sure to clear the space around your house and garage, especially if your garage is attached to the house. This will give wildlife critters fewer opportunities to make it to your roof and attic.

Examine the Gable Vents

A gable vent may be too difficult for a raccoon to reach, depending on its location, but it’s perfect for bats. Gable vents with loose or missing covers or damaged screens can serve as a bat access point, leading to an entire bat colony overwintering in your attic. Make sure your gable vent cover is intact, as well as the screen behind it. Your gable vent may not have a screen at all, in which case small critters like bats, birds and squirrels could be getting in through the gaps in the grille.

Cap Your Chimney

Besides the attic, a chimney is another popular place for wildlife to nest. And if your chimney is missing a cap, animals have no trouble accessing it. As you are getting your chimney inspected before the start of the heating season, have a chimney cap installed if you don’t have one. When you are doing all these home repairs, first ensure that there are no animals already living in your attic or chimney. Avoid sealing them in, as it may lead to even more problems. If you suspect that there could be wildlife invaders in your home, contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control today to get them safely removed.

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!