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Bat Life Cycle

While some bats migrate to warmer locations in the winter, most will hibernate. Before their cold weather rest begins, these animals mate. Females typically give birth to one or two baby bats, called pups, around mid-May to early June.

Early Life of Bats

When baby bats are born, the pups are blind and helpless. Female bats gather in warm areas, such rafters and attics, to form maternal colonies. A baby bat clings to its mother fiercely at first, and the mother only leaves for short periods in the evening to hunt.

As pups grow and develop, mothers slowly increase their hunting time to wean their offspring. Once the baby bats are about five weeks old, they begin to fly and hunt but may still nurse until they can feed on their own.

Problems Caused by Baby Bats

Bat babies are most likely to enter a home by accident when they are learning to fly. Once inside, they may panic and fly erratically in an attempt to escape. While bats can carry rabies, the frightened behavior of a baby bat does not mean the animal is sick. Opening doors and windows to let it out is the best approach.

People should never attempt to handle or touch wildlife, especially bats. Not only can they spread rabies, but the pests also transmit histoplasmosis through their waste. Trutech provides homeowners with expert service and humane solutions to bat problems and infestations.