Bats are commonly found in almost every state in the U.S., including Massachusetts and New Hampshire. However, different species of bats are found in different areas of the country. Here’s a quick guide on which species of bats can be found in which geographical locations. Insect-feeding bats are generally beneficial but can become a problem when they roost in buildings.
The Difference Between “Colony” Bats and “Solitary” Bats
Some bats live in colonies, while other bats do not. Colony bats may separate themselves by gender, leaving male bats to congregate amongst themselves and allowing female bats to give birth and raise their young in a group with only other female bats.
The Evening Bat
This bat is found in the Eastern portion of the U.S. and can be seen as far North as the Great Lakes. It is a member of the vesper family and is a solitary bat. The Evening Bat feeds primarily on beetles and moths.
The Little Brown Bat
One of the most common species of colony bats, the Little Brown Bat can be found virtually anywhere in the United States and northern Mexico. The Little Brown Bat, like most other bats, is an insectivore and eats insects like mosquitoes, beetles, wasps and other flying insects.
The Big Brown Bat
The Big Brown Bat can be found just about anywhere the Little Brown Bat is located – across most of North America. This species of bat is larger than the Little Brown Bat, but is smaller than some other bat species.
The Hoary Bat
Like the Little and Big Brown Bats, the Hoary Bat can be found in most states in the U.S. It’s a solitary bat though, and is part of the vesper family like the Evening Bat.
The Silver-Haired Bat
This solitary bat is found across the United States with the exception of Florida. Although its name suggests it is a grey or silver-colored bat, it is actually mostly black with some hairs having silver tips across the back of the coat.
Eliminating Bat Infestations on Your Property
If you’ve noticed signs of a bat infestation on your property, such as bats flying to and from your home at sunset, it’s important that you contact a professional pest control company. Bats that live outside are a good thing since bats eat unwanted insects like mosquitoes and moths, but bats that make your home theirs can be a problem. Accumulated droppings (guano) in a roost site can result in bug and odor problems.
At Colonial Pest, we can identify the location of bats and can safely and humanely remove them from your home. Never attempt to seal openings or remove a bat from your home on your own since bats have the potential to carry rabies, a deadly disease. Learn more about getting rid of bats and how to keep bats from getting into your home by calling us today at 1-800-525-8084.