Bat Removal Important Information

Dates For Bats Maternity Season The seasons for bat maternity in the U.S. vary according to the climate. Warmer states have an earlier maternity season, and cooler states have a slightly later maternity season. By the end of the bat maternity season, all of the pups born in the spring will be able to fly, and they will no longer be left in the roost at night while the mothers feed. Little Brown Bat (Myotis) Maternity Season: June 1 – August 15 Big Brown Bat Maternity Season: June 1 – August 15 Mexican Free Tail Bat Maternity Season: May 20 – August 10 Safe Removal Removing bats from a home or building involves installing exclusion techniques so don’t try to do it yourself. These are one-way devices, so the bats can exit, but they cannot return through the device. Only the adult bats fly out at night; therefore, the removal works only on the adult bats. If there are flightless baby bats in the roost, they are stuck in there without their mothers to feed them resulting in death. Is crucial to respect the guidelines and time frame for bat removal. Bats are protected by Law. Bats are protected species so the removal of bats during the maternity season is not only illegal but inhumane. Bats are beneficial to the environment due to their insects and pests eating habits. Occasionally, there are special circumstances where an order is provided by the state allowing for the removal of the bats during the maternity season, but these orders are not given in ordinary situations. If you remove bats during the maternity season without a special permit, then you can be prosecuted and heavily fined. Some of the mother bats may be relentless in their search for another way into your home or building to get to their babies. They could get in through gaps or cracks that might have been missed when setting up the exclusion devices. They might also try getting in through open doors and windows, and gain entry to the living or working areas of the home or building. The trauma of having a colony of mother bats rush through your open door desperately searching for their babies is not something you want to... read more

Raccoon Baby Season

Once per year: Male raccoons will attempt to mate with multiple partners each season whereas the female will mate with only one male, avoiding all others afterwards. Mating occurs during the winter months but can continue until June. This prolonged mating season makes it essential for wildlife technicians to detect if there are any babies present during the initial assessment. Offspring are born about 9 weeks after mating. It is not uncommon for mothers to make a last minute den to give birth in which is why urban structures are so attractive. Litter size: The gestation period is around 63 days. Female raccoons produce litters between 1 and 7 offspring (typically 3 or 4). Rearing: Newborn raccoons are blind and deaf for their first three weeks but grow quickly. They are cared for exclusively by the female who teaches them how to forage for food and shelter. One of the main threats to young raccoons is predators such as the coyote. Young raccoons will typically stay with their mother through the first winter after which they gradually... read more

Marin County — Get Ready For Skunk Mating Season!

  Did you know that late December – February is skunk mating season? And that during this time, more than any other time of year, there is a noticeable increase in skunk spraying?    Ensure your home is both “skunk and raccoon proofed” for the upcoming winter months, and for skunk mating season right around the corner! Cold winters mean our wild neighbors will be seeking shelter and that often results in our crawl spaces, attics or sub-floors becoming den sites for wildlife. Between now and 12/31/14, Wildlife Detectives offers Marin County residents a full home inspection (including sub-floors and attics) for just $99!! Get ready for skunk mating season! We also have holiday gift certificates available — Give the gift of a home inspection by Wildlife Detectives We cover the entire San Francisco Bay area.... read more