Bat Life Cycle
The bat life cycle begins after the flying mammals emerge from hibernation. Females and males will mate multiple times with various partners to ensure success with fertility. Once they find a roost, females undergo a 50 to 60 day gestation period. They give birth to a single pup, and the young bat will cling to its mother. In fact, these newborns even attach themselves to her body while she’s in flight. Within nine months to one year, both female and male bats will become sexually mature.
Problems with the Bat Lifespan
If they are able to survive their first winter, bat lifespans can reach twenty to thirty years. Their longevity, coupled with the fact that bats will continue to return to the same places to roost every year, can be problematic. The pests occupy and damage attics, chimneys, and other buildings for an extended period of time. Most destruction to structures occurs from the buildup of bat guano. Not only do their droppings create a foul, musky odor, but they are also responsible for spreading histoplasmosis, which can be harmful to humans and pets.
Controlling the Bat Lifespan
Bats can be very beneficial to have around, as they eat thousands of insect pests in the night air. However, when roosting in homes, they can create many problems for homeowners. In addition to sealing all cracks to ensure these pests don’t get inside, homeowners are encouraged to build bat houses in their yards. These structures provide an alternate shelter, safe from predators and the elements. If the pests continue to roost in structures, the professionals at Trutech can assist in safe removal.