Integrated Pest Management for Bats

Pest Management In and Around Structures August 31, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF
Bat in the corner of a log cabin.Bat inside log home. Photo used with permission from Jerri Caldwell Hammonds.
 
 
Do you know how to deal with a bat that is flying around in your home, school or place of business? Would you like the bats in your attic or chimney to find another home? We have the answers to the questions you are asking!
 
Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera (hand wing) whose forelimbs form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. Bats do not flap their entire forelimbs, as birds do, but instead flap their spread-out digits, which are very long and covered with a thin membrane or patagium.

Bats are the second largest order of mammals (after the rodents), representing about 20% of all classified mammal species worldwide, with about 1,240 bat species divided into two suborders: the less specialized and largely fruit-eating megabats, or flying foxes, and the highly specialized and echolocating microbats. About 70% of bat species are insectivores. 

Bats are present throughout the world. In North America they can locate inside buildings and homes, as well as specialized bat houses and natural habitats. 
 

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