Big Brown Bat
Big Brown Bat Facts
Big brown bats are found across North America. These flying mammals mate in the fall and give birth to one or two pups between May and July. Big brown bats have been known to live as long as 19 years. They are active at night when they hunt for insects to eat. They use echolocation, bouncing sound off objects, to communicate and find prey.
Big Brown Bat Bites
There are a lot of myths that surround bats, but rabies, unfortunately, is not one of them. It is spread through the saliva of an infected animal and can affect the victim’s nervous system. You may be able to spot an infected bat if you see one flying around during the day or crawling around on the ground. While these signs don’t always mean the bat has rabies, it doesn’t hurt to use caution and avoid it. If you’re bitten or scratched by a bat and start to experience flu-like symptoms, you’ll want to immediately contact a medical professional.
Big Brown Bat Infestation
You may have a bat infestation if you notice these critters flying around your home at dawn or dusk. You might also hear squeaking or scurrying sounds coming from your attic or walls. Brown stains on the siding of your home could be from bat droppings and urine. A strong smell of ammonia is an indicator that there could be a large accumulation of bat droppings (called guano) in your home. Although these bats probably aren’t on your guest list, they’re actually great for the environment. They are insectivorous, meaning they feed on only insects. Bats can get rid of a lot of annoying bugs around your home like flies and mosquitoes. However, bats do carry infectious diseases like rabies and an accumulation of bat droppings can damage wood in your home, making an unsafe situation for you and your family. Since bats are so important to the environment, many pest management companies use carefully timed practices to make sure that the bats and their young are safely excluded from your home and able to find a new place to live.
Types of Big Brown Bats
Big Brown Bat Identification
Big brown bats are about 4 to 5 inches long with a 12 to 14 inch wingspan. They are hairy and can range in color from light to dark brown depending on where they live. Big brown bats in a desert habitat are a lighter brown while those that live in more forested areas are darker. Their wings are black and furless.
Big Brown Bats In The Home & The Attic
You’ll find these guys hiding in places that are warm and dry, so your attic or crawl space may be the perfect place for them. They will also roost in garages, soffits, under shingles, walls, behind siding, or in chimneys. Any crack or opening in your home can serve as an entry point for these critters. If your home is infested with bats, it is at risk for structural damage, and they also put you and your family at risk of diseases. They may also invite other pests inside to join the party, too. If a bat is in your home, their droppings can wreck insulation and sheetrock, which can get costly to replace. As far as diseases go, bat guano is known to carry spores that causes Histoplasmosis, which can affect your lungs. The disease many are concerned about, however, is rabies. While it is are that you’ll contract the rabies virus, if you’re bitten by a bat, it doesn’t hurt to see a doctor to be sure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do big brown bats bite?
Big brown bats will bite humans if they feel threatened, are provoked or sick. While these bats are not aggressive creatures, they are better left alone.
What do big brown bat bites look like?
Big brown bats have sharp, but very tiny teeth. Their bite marks often look less like a “bite” and more like a scratch. Sometimes their bites can break skin, but it is usually nothing more than a little puncture.
Benefits of Professional Big Brown Bat Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a big brown bat problem. Finding and treating the big brown bats can be challenging, especially if they are spread throughout your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the big brown bat infestation.