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These animals can have wingspans of 6-15 inches, large ears and bodies covered with tan to black hair. There are three representative species of bats that cause a residential nuisance: big brown bats, little brown bats and Mexican free-tailed bats.

Bats can be dangerous. They carry rabies and histoplasmosis (lung disease). Just their droppings can spread disease. (If you suspect bats in your home call a pest company immediately.)

Big Brown Bats

This type is usually brown and glossy with pale bellies and no fur on their wings. These bats are found in southern Canada and the United States. The females roost separately from males in the spring when they nurse their young. These bats are most likely to roost in attics, church belfries or behind loose boards/shutters on a building.

Little Brown Bats

These bats are usually a glossy brown with a belly buff and moderately long ears. These bats are found throughout Canada and the United States. Little brown bats feed on flies and moths followed by rest in which they hang to digest. Their flight patterns are erratic and they make their homes in places similar to caves or mining shafts.

Mexican Free-Tailed Bats

These bats have dark brown to dark grey, velvety short hair with long tails. Mexican Free-Tailed Bats are found throughout the southern United States. These bats live in huge colonies where they raise their young in caves, which they leave at night to feed.


Call F&W to schedule an inspection. It may be necessary to inspect your property twice. Once in daylight and once at night.  After the extent of the problem is know we will design a plan to humanely get rid of your bat problem. We will use series of prevention techniques and repellents to make your home totally free of all bats.

Do you have a bat problem?

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