Eastern Small-Footed Bat
Eastern Small-Footed Bat Facts
Also known as: Eastern small-footed myotis, small-footed myotis
The eastern small-footed bat is found throughout the eastern United States and Canadian provinces such as Ontario and Quebec. Although a rare species of bats, larger population numbers can be present locally where suitable habitats exist. Although affected by white-nose syndrome, researchers believe the population levels are recorded so low because the species hibernate in places where they are likely not encountered. Like the other North American bat species, they mostly eat insects, and use their echolocation to navigate and locate their prey in the dark. They like to forage for insects along wooded areas, preferably located next to streams and other small bodies of water.
Eastern Small-Footed Bat Identification
Known for its abnormally small hind feet which are only 7 to 8 millimeters long, the small-footed bat is best identified by this feature. Another defining characteristic of this bat is its black mask. A completely black face, they also have black ears and wings
Eastern Small-Footed Bat Infestation
If you see an unusual number of bats flying around your home and roof, it may be evidence that bats have decided to move in. Brown stains down the siding of your home could be bat droppings and urine known as guano. This, along with squeaking noises coming from your walls or attic are indicators that bats are roosting or hibernating in your home. Although bats are great natural pest controllers, the accumulation of guano can lead to insulation and drywall damage. Since these important bats are listed as endangered, pest management companies must remove the bats carefully, following state regulations put in place to protect their population.
Eastern Small-Footed Bat in Your House
Bats can easily make their way inside small crevices found in garages, shingles, behind siding, or in chimneys. Sealing any and every potential entry point around your home is essential to preventing a bat infestation. If bats have already made their way into your home, they can pose risks for your home and those living in it. The accumulation of bat droppings not only causes structural damage, but contains spores of the fungus Histoplasmosis, which causes lung infections. Bats are also known for carrying rabies. If you come into contact with a bat and fear you may have been scratched or bitten, seek a doctor to be sure.
Benefits of Professional Bat Control
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Frequently Asked Questions About Eastern Small-Footed Bat
Why is the eastern small-footed bat an endangered species?
First discovered 10 years ago in a New York cave, white nose syndrome (WNS) has devastated a number of bat species. A white fungus that forms around the nose of the bats causes them to leave hibernation prematurely. With no insects to eat during the winter, the infected bats waste their energy flying, and eventually starve to death. Spreading across the United States, researches are determined to learn more about the fungus and find a cure..