Bats in Houses

Two Big Brown Bats Eptesicus fuscus (Bat on right is eating a mealworm)

Planning work on your roof, attic, or eves? Well, you might come across some little guys like these. These two big brown bats were found during a roof tear out in mid-January. They were hibernating so they didn’t away when they were discovered. The roofer and owner were kind enough to contact Native Animal Rescue who got the bats to rehabilitators. Thanks to their efforts, these two bats were cared for and released back into the wild to do their outstanding job of providing safe, free pest control.

Each year, countless bats (and their pups) are destroyed during re-roofing and other construction work. With bat populations in the U.S. being devastated by White Nose Syndrome and wind turbines, we need to protect them whenever possible. If you are planning any type of construction that may impact bats living on your property, please take the following steps:

1)  Inspect the area where the work will take place for bats or signs of bats (droppings). If you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, you could ask your contractor to do this during his/her site inspection.  You can also call BCCC and we will send someone to help you. If you see bats or signs of bats, please contact BCCC and we will work with your to resolve the situation humanely.

2)  Inform your contractor that you would like them to keep an eye out for bats and contact you or call BCCC if they come across any bats during their work. Please encourage your contractors to be “bat friendly.”

Bats are a vital part of our ecosystem and kill many garden and crop pests. Some of our tiniest bat species can eat 600 mosquitoes in an hour. Other bats consume insects such as moths, flies, crickets, grasshoppers, ants, cicadas, dragonflies, termites, stink bugs, beetles, and scorpions. Please help protect these valuable and vulnerable mammals. Your support is greatly appreciated.