Latin Name: Eptesicus fuscus
Size: 4 to 5 in (10–13 cm)
Life Expectancy: 5 to 10 years
Problems: Rabies, although rare.
Behaviour, Diet and Habits:
Bats are nocturnal, roosting during the day in hollow trees, beneath loose tree bark, in the crevices of rocks, or in man-made structures such as attics, barns, old buildings, eaves, and window shutters. Bats navigate through the night skies by use of echolocation, producing ultrasonic sounds through the mouth or nose. They are known also to produce audible sound during flight, a click or a sound like escaping steam. Bats are insectivorous, eating many kinds of night-flying insects including moths, beetles, and wasps which they capture in flight. This causes the sudden, frequent changes in direction.
Signs of Bat problems:
Places to look for bat problems are in attics, chimneys and other dark areas.
Homeowners must be vigilant in keeping attics, basements, chimneys and sheds carefully sealed to prevent property damage caused by bats.
Bats are otherwise quite safe and pose almost a low risk of transmitting rabies.
Minimizing an Bats:
To minimize bat damage, be sure to properly seal roofs, chimneys and other areas to inhibit the bats ability to gain entry into your dwelling.
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