Will a bat in the attic have a nest of babies?

Virtually all animals want to find a safe and secure place to have their babies. The last thing they want is to have a new life or two, or ten for that matter, and have some coyote, raccoon or other predator come along and kill it. This is why they try to find locations that are rather secretive in appearance and afford them the security to be able to more easily defend that location.

Bats are no different in this respect. They, too, want to find a place that provides them with a secure “home” where they can have their young and allow them to grow without fear that those infants will be killed. It simply makes sense. Your attic makes the perfect location if a bat or many bats have gained access into your home. Think about the advantages of having babies there.

First of all, most attics are rarely disturbed by the occupants of the home. In fact, the average person visits their attic only one time a year, and usually that is simply to put some box of stored materials they wish to save but will likely never use again. This gives the bat or bats virtually unlimited freedom to make a nice home out of your attic, and the freedom to have babies in a place where they feel safe.

Also consider that your attic is frequently a great place to find bugs, what most bats eat for their regular meals. The bat can not only find food for itself, but when the new bats are old enough to start fending for themselves, they have a fairly ready food supply of wasps, bees, roaches, beetles, and the like in which to enjoy for their own meal. This is what makes your attic so ideal. The animal may find that it can enjoy the sanctity of your attic, and never need to leave it to find the resources it needs to survive and ensure that its offspring do as well.

This should tell you that a bi-annual inspection of your attic is a good idea. Not only should you be searching through the attic to make sure that there are no animals living there, like a bat or a raccoon, but you should do an outside inspection as well to make sure that there are no potential entryways. They may not be in there now, but if you don’t close up these loose boards or gaps in the siding they will eventually be coming.

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