Richmond, Virginia (WRIC) – Virginia wildlife management and control experts say they see an unusually large number of calls to remove bats.
“Of course, you know, we don’t get any calls from bats – December, January, February,” said Richard Perry, owner of Virginia Wildlife Management and Control. “Then around the end of February, in March we start getting our big number of calls.”
He says he has been receiving constant calls since December.
“It was extremely rare, because we actually received calls back in December and January, which is almost unheard of,” he explained.
Perry says the high volume is probably due to mild temperatures.
“People think it was a very bad winter. In fact, everything was good, ”he said. “Bat mice are very adaptable to temperatures. Some bats hibernate and some migrate when the temperature isn’t really that cold. Many bats actually stay and hibernate instead of migrating. ”
Perry explains that low temperatures can affect bats ’hibernation cycles.
“So as the temperature rises, they come to life and become very active,” he said.
He adds that many of the bats are found in common areas such as living rooms and bedrooms, which can put you at risk for bat bites. Bats are not poisonous, but can tolerate rabies. The bite of a rabid bat can be fatal if not treated properly.
Perry recently said they responded to a call from a woman from Chesterfield who was bitten while sleeping.
“She described it as a very sharp, burning sensation,” he said. “I liked it, it looked like she was bitten by a spider.”
If you find a bat in your home, Perry advises keeping it in one area and then calling a specialist. If you are bitten, seek medical attention immediately.