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What type of bats are a common problem in New Jersey?

The two most common types of bats that cause problems for property owners in New Jersey are the little brown bat and the big brown bat. Both species are nocturnal, feed mainly on insects, and are commonly found roosting in homes and other buildings.

What do these bats look like?

Little brown bats

As described, little brown bats are small in size, adults only growing to between 2 ½ and 3 ¾ of an inch in length. Their leathery wings have a wingspan that reaches between 8 and 11 inches in length. The females of the species are generally a bit larger in size than the males. Their fur is dark brown in color with some hints of gray, their ears are black in color and are rounded in shape.

Big brown bats

As their name suggests big brown bats are larger in size than little brown bats, they grow to between 4 and 5 inches in length. Their ears, feet, and face are dark brown in color; their bodies are light brown to dark brown in color. Big brown bat’s leathery wings have a wingspan at reaches 12-14 inches in length.

Are bats dangerous?

Yes, bats are dangerous to have living in your home. Bats carry and transmit a wide variety of diseases that can be very harmful to people; they are most known for being carriers of rabies. Along with introducing diseases bats can introduce other dangerous parasites into your home like mites, bat bugs, and fleas. There is also a fungus found in their feces called Histoplasma capsulatum, this fungus can cause serious health problems and lead to lung disease in people.

Why do I have a bat problem inside my home?

Bats are nocturnal and rest during the day.  Common places to find bats resting include inside homes garages, barns, and other buildings. Bats that have invaded a home or building can be found in the attic, under roof eaves, in chimneys, and/or behind window shutters. Bats are attracted to properties that have easy access to food and water sources; if the property your home is situated on has a lot of insect activity, vegetation, gardens, landscaping, ponds, or a pool there is a higher chance that bats may invade your home.

What do I do if bats are in my house?

If you have a bat in the house, do not make contact with it.  Contact a company that offers bat control services.  If you live in New Jersey, Arrow Pest Control may be able to help.  We offer humane bat removal services that stop bats from nesting and breeding in your home.  Give us a call today to find out if we offer bat control in your New Jersey community.

Can I prevent bats?

If you have openings along your roofline or elsewhere on your structure, you could face bat problems as well as wildlife, rodent and insect problems.  Seal off openings, fix loose shingles or replace missing ones, repair or replace screens over doors and windows, eliminate potential food sources, and control the insect population around your property.

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