Few are as mysterious or misunderstood as bats when understanding our winged neighbours. In Toronto, we share space with two species, the Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) and the Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus), and understanding their behaviour helps promote harmonious cohabitation.
The Nighttime Jet-Setters
While we’re tucking ourselves in, bats are just starting their day, or rather, night. With their activity peaking during twilight hours. They have got their nightlife down, evading predators and pouncing on prey, proving night is the right time for them.
Echolocation: Nature’s Google Maps
They use “echolocation.” They emit high-pitched sounds and receive information about their environment based on the rebounding echoes. A sonar system within their heads does a neat job of navigating and seeking food.
Finding the Perfect Bat Cave
Everyone needs their beauty sleep, During the day, they’re busy catching some Z’s. They’re not picky tenants, choosing attics, hollow trees, or under bridges to hang out – anywhere that’s dark, warm, and quiet.
The Bug Zapper Squad
Have you ever complained about a mosquito buzzing around your ear at night? Well, they have got you covered! They have an enormous appetite for insects, eating about half their body weight each night. Fancy that next time you swat a bug away – They do pest control without asking for a dime.
Winter Migrations and Hibernation
As the chill of winter approaches, bats make one of two choices – some migrate, seeking food and comfortable temperatures, while others hibernate, slowing their body processes down to save energy. It’s either a long vacation or a long nap.
Birth and Nurseries
Our winged friends usually give birth to a single pup per year, following a species-dependent gestation period. The mother forms a nursery where babies are looked after and groomed.
All-Star Team in Action
If you’ve thought of bats as just another addition to your local wildlife, think again. They are the unsung heroes of our ecosystem. They act as pest controllers, pollinators, and even seed dispersers, maintaining a natural balance.
Bats in the Attic?
Despite the perks of having them around, they could make better house guests. Call professionals like SWAT Wildlife when it’s time for an intervention. We’re humane and serious about bat removal.
For their spooky reputation, bats are relatively calm creatures. Their fascinating behaviours make them an essential part of our ecosystem, contributing in ways that often go unnoticed. Suppose your home becomes a sudden hotspot for them.
In that case, professionals like SWAT Wildlife stand ready to put their expertise to use, ensuring the safe removal of bats while preserving the harmony of our local wildlife. Contact us today to get started.