Northern Long-eared Bat
Facts About Northern Long-eared Bats
Also known as: Northern long-eared myotis, northern myotis, mouse-eared bat
Distinguished by its long ears, the northern long-eared bat is primarily found in forested habitats throughout the eastern half of the United States, as well as Canada. Roosting in trees and artificial structures, the northern long-eared bat forages for insects such as moths, flies, leafhoppers, caddisflies, and beetles.
Being that they are nocturnal, northern long-eared bats use echolocation in order to navigate and hunt in the dark. These bats spend their winter hibernating in caves and mines, only awakening for a single day at a time if they desperately need water.
And now, the northern long-eared bat is threatened by white-nose syndrome, a fungus that causes the bats to end hibernation prematurely, often resulting in the bat dying from starvation due to the lack of insects for food.
Northern Long-Eared Bat Identification
The northern long-ear ranges in size from 3”- 4” in length, and has a wingspan of 9”- 10”. Its fur can be medium to dark brown, with their underside slightly paler. As you can from its name, the bat can be distinguished by its long ears, which are much longer than other bats in its genus, Myotis.
Northern Long-Eared Bat Bites
Since they feed on insects, northern long-eared bats will not bite you. However, these bats can sometimes carry rabies, causing it to act unnaturally. This could cause a potentially dangerous situation for humans, including being bitten by an infected bat. If you come into contact with a bat and think you may have been scratched or bitten, seek medical attention right away.
Northern Long-Eared Bat Infestation
Although it is more common for northern long-eared bats to roost in trees and hibernate in caves, it is possible that these bats will choose your home as its own. Bat infestations need to be handled appropriately, ignoring them could lead to serious damage to your home and health. An accumulation of bat droppings known as ‘guano,’ can lead to insulation and drywall damage. Additionally, bat guano contains spores of a lung-infecting fungus that causes Histoplasmosis, a disease that can be fatal due to organ failure.
Bats In The House
Able to squeeze in tight spaces, the northern long-eared bat has been known to make its way indoors. Usually found in the attic or basement, these bats can causes structural damage, as well as health risks for those living in the home. If you suspect there is a bat in your home, it’s likely not alone, as female bats often gather in large maternity roosts to have and nurse their babies. Although we know you would like these bats out of your home ASAP, these are protected mammals that must be excluded following state regulations. These regulations prohibit the removal of bats from approximately June 1st - August 15th.
Benefits of Professional Bat Control
Using our in-depth training and education, as well as top-quality equipment and skills, Catseye Pest Control takes the necessary steps to handle your bat problem safely, effectively, and most of all, legally.
Given the strict restrictions on controlling and removing bats, hiring a professional to remove a bat colony is most likely the best option, not to mention the easiest, cleanest, and safest. We know you want your bat problem fixed, and fixed fast and permanently. That’s exactly what we are here to do.
Frequently Asked Questions About Northern Long-Eared Bats
Why is the northern long-eared bat endangered?
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, researchers are determined to learn more about the fungus and find a cure.