Bats in the attic?
· When bats give birth, their offspring are called pups.
· The baby bats, or pups, are unable to fly for at least one to two months.
· In Tennessee bats are protected and have a blackout period between April 15th and August 15th where we cannot remove them from a structure.
· Removing bats from an attic or tile roof can only be completed with exclusions, valves and/or netting.
Bats diet and their role in the ecosystem
· Bats are nocturnal and can see in the dark by using echolocation.
· Bats native to Tennessee are insectivores eating mosquitos, beetles, moths and other flying pests.
· Bats can eat their body weight in mosquitoes every night.
Different species of bats
· Worldwide there are over 1000 different bat species.
· In Tennessee we have 15 resident bat species and of which only 6 are commonly found in attics.
· The 6 species of bats commonly found in the attics are the The Little Brown Bat, Southeastern Bat, Eastern Small-footed Bat, Brazilian free-tailed bat, the Big brown bat and the Evening bat.