It could be argued that bats are among some of the most beneficial mammals in the world. But if you were to ask a homeowner with a bat infestation problem, they would most likely strongly disagree. Yes, bats can be a nuisance, carry and spread infectious diseases, and cause several types of damages to a property. But there are ways to protect your home or building from trespassing bats, but this isn’t that article. Instead, we will discuss some interesting facts about one of the most common bats found in attics, chimneys, and other areas of residential homes and commercial properties. Continue reading to learn about the Little Brown Bat, as well as, who to call for help with a bat problem.
The Little Brown Bat
The Little Brown Bat, sometimes referred to as Little Brown Myotis, is scientifically named Myotis lucifugus. Myotis refers to a “mouse-eared” genus of bat. They are among the most common bats found in North America. Above, they are covered in shiny brown, sleek-looking fir, with a lighter patch of fir below. They are usually around 3 to 3 ½ inches in length and weighing only a fraction of a ounce, between 1/8 and ½ ounces. So needless to say, their name says it all because they are little for sure! But although small, their average wingspan will surprise you, as it is more than double their body length, averaging between 6 to 8 inches in width. But what’s even more interesting is that they can live up to 30 years or more, average between 20 and 30 years specifically.
Little Brown Bats are microbats, meaning they are nocturnal, generally small, and primarily retain an insectivorous diet of insects and other bugs. They can consume 50% of their weight in insects! And during gestation or lactation, they eat even more. Breeding season is generally around September and October, but females actually store the male sperm for springtime fertilization, making baby bats born in the summer. Gestation is generally 50 to 60 days, and once born, sexual maturity is reached between 6 and 8 months. Females generally give birth to just one bat pup a year, but sometimes two.
They use a system of sonar, called echolocation, to see objects and structures around them and to hunt for prey. They communicate with one another through a complex series of chirps, beeps, and high-pitches sounds; most of which are not detectable by human ears.
In order to solve a bat problem in your home, and to properly bat-proof your property from potential invasions, it is encouraged to contact a local bat removal company for professional assistance and advice. They retain the proper tools, training, and knowledge to safely and humanely remove bats and prevent their return.