Right Now it is winter, which means that most bats have already migrated or started hibernating for the season. This means that winter is the perfect time to handle all of your nuisance bat problems, like sealing up entrance and exit points, replacing attic insulation, installing new drywall or ceiling boards, and much more. This off-season for bats the very best window of time for homeowners to start the ultimate bat proofing system for their property. So when spring comes around, they won’t have to worry so much about the frequent nuisance bats we deal with in North America. In actuality, you will find three! Continue reading to learn which bat species would be the most common nuisance in our country, and ways to get your bat prevention project off the ground.
The Little Brown Bat
The Little Brown bat is one of the most common nuisance bats dealt with in North America. Also referred to as the Little Brown Myotis, and scientifically known as Myotis lucifugus, the Little Brown bat is precisely as it’s monikers suggest: small and brown. Adult males are normally 6 to 10 centimeters, no bigger than a human thumb, and weigh and average of 5 to 14 g. Interestingly enough, females are a little larger than males, but they both share a signature brownish coat of fur, dark brown wing membranes, plus also a 22 to 27 centimeter wingspan. Although they seem to look the same as Indiana bats, the Little Brown bat is distinguishable by the absence of a keel on the calcar and long hairs on the hind feet.
You might assume that the Big Brown bat is the same of the Little Brown bat in many ways, but maybe not all. The Big Brown bat, or Eptesicus fuscus, is brown, but also larger in size, averaging between 10 to 13 centimeters in length, 14 to 16 grams in weight, and 28 to 33 centimeters in wingspan. They’re very similar to Little Brown bats in that they are nocturnal, use echolocation for navigation aid, and keep an insectivore’s diet.
The Mexican Free-Tailed Bat
You Wouldn’t think a bat species using this name would be a common annoyance in the U.S., but in all of North America, the Mexican Free-Tailed bat is a common one. They get their name out of a characteristic trait: their tails are almost as long as their whole body, and extends beyond the uropatagium. They also have long, narrow wings with pointed tips that assist in their agile flying skills.
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