This is the time of year where bat activities start to be noticed. We are now finally entering Spring in late April and all the bad weather is hopefully behind us. Sadly it’s the same time the bugs and those pesky mosquitoes tend to interfere with our enjoyment of the warm weather. Especially up north in Newmarket, Keswick, Innisfil and Georgina area where the habitat supports a larger mosquito population and bugs.
While not every single bat hibernates during the cold weather in winter, most do. Bats are only active while they have food available. When winter arrives, due to food scarcity bats will find high altitude locations to hibernate, such as attics. Attics provide a sweet spot for bats during their hibernation. Some areas in the attic are the perfect temperature where bats hibernate and other areas not so much, especially when temperatures spike. During the winter if temperatures suddenly drop or rise, bats will start making noise inside the walls and will then shift themselves to other areas. more suitable. Bats will continue to do this until they find a sweet spot in the attic or wall voids.
Occasionally this will lead them into gaps inside the frame of the house and into the basement. Unfinished basements usually will provide the gap needed for the bats to fly into the home. The winter can be a busy season for bats in the Greater Toronto Area.