When Are Bats Active?

While many species of bats hibernate during the winter, from about November to early March, if you live in a region where it stays relatively warm year-round you may notice bats throughout the entire year. As soon as the bats are awake for the rest of the season, they begin to mate, which makes mating time for bats near the end of March and into April. Starting around this time new mother bats will begin looking for places to roost, and if the colony they are in has become too overcrowded they may come looking for a new location entirely - like your attic. During this roosting period, the female bats will huddle together in a maternity roost while the male bats will huddle in a different area. The babies are completely flightless and dependent on their mothers’ for about 6 weeks, and then they are able to fly and hunt on their own.

As you probably know, bats are nocturnal creatures - which made them perfect to be Dracula’s alter-ego. This means that you will often only see bats leaving their roost near dusk as the sun is starting to set. They will fly around all night looking for bugs to eat, and return to their roost before daylight. Once they are tucked in for the day, they sleep the entire day away.

When looking for bats, the best time to catch them is at dusk on a warm dry summer night.

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