Bats of America
There are over 40 types of bats in the U.S, which can be categorized based on their nesting habits. Some roost in groups, while others are solitary. Homeowners are more likely to find those that nest in groups in their attics or sheds. Solitary bats, on the other hand, tend to roost in trees. Despite their fearsome reputation, bats are actually beneficial because they consume insect pests like mosquitoes. However, when they enter homes, the risk of damage and disease outweighs any benefit.
The types of bats most likely to roost in American homes are the big and little brown bats, the Mexican free-tailed, the pallid, and the evening bat. Brown bats usually roost in attics, chimneys, enclosed eaves, or hollow walls. Their range includes the entire continental U.S. The Mexican free-tailed bat and the pallid bat, on the other hand, roost only in the west to southwest regions. All bat species in the U.S. are nocturnal and leave their roosts at dusk to feed and mate.
Bats in the Home
Regardless of the type, bats in the home have to be removed. Their feces and urine will pile up on attic floors, where fungal pathogens can grow before becoming airborne. Bats can also carry rabies and make a lot of noise during the night. Due to the risk of disease, it’s best to allow the professionals at Trutech to identify the type of bat present and decide the best means of control.