Indiana Bat Facts
Also known as: Indiana myotis, northern long-eared bat, and social bat
Found throughout the Eastern United States and Canada, the Indiana bat spends its summer roosting in trees. Hunting at night for insects such as moths, mosquitoes, beetles, and flies, Indiana bats use echolocation to navigate and locate prey in the dark.
Also commonly called social bats, these medium-sized, mouse-eared bats tend to roosts in colonies more often than other species of bats. During the winter, the Indiana bat hibernates in caves and mines, which is called the bats’ hibernacula. In some cases, these bats will roost or hibernate in man-made structures or homes if they provide a suitable temperature.
Indiana Bat Identification
The Indiana bat ranges in size from 2 to 4 inches in length, with a wingspan of 9 to 11 inches. Its fur is typically dark gray or brown, and it is difficult to differentiate an Indiana bat from the common brown bat unless examined closely. Distinguishing features of the Indiana bat include the size of their feet, length of the toe hairs, and their pink lips.
Indiana Bat Bites
Since they feed on insects, the Indiana bat will not bite humans. However, these bats can carry rabies, causing the animal to act unnaturally. If you come into contact with a bat and think you may have been scratched or bitten, seek medical attention immediately.
Indiana 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 Indiana bat droppings known as guano, as well as urine.
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. And, since Indiana bats are listed as endangered, pest management companies must remove the bats carefully, following state regulations put in place to protect their population.
Indiana Bats in Your Home
Indiana 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 Indiana bats have already made their way into your home, they can pose risks to 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, including Indiana 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 medical attention immediately.
Benefits of Professional Indiana Bat Control
Using our education, equipment and skills, Catseye Pest Control takes the necessary steps to handle all bat problems safely and effectively. That includes the Indiana bat, one that we see regularly in the Northeast United States.
Our pest management professionals provide their expertise to remove the Indiana bat problem using the best possible solutions. Don’t take matters into your own hands; contact our pest professionals to schedule a free inspection today.
FAQs about Indiana Bats
Why is the Indiana 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, including the Indiana bat. WNS is a white fungus that forms around the nose of bats, causing 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 WNS and find a cure to resurrect the bat popultion.