Did you know?
- Eighteen species of bats are known to occur in Colorado.
- Bats are beneficial neighbors.
- Bats provide important pest control services while most of us sleep.
- A small, 50-bat colony of little brown bats can eat 2,250 mosquitoes in just 15 minutes.
- Bats can squeeze their bodies into tiny cracks and gaps. For this reason, you may find that bats have taken up residence in an undesirable place.
Tips for coexisting with bats:
- One very easy way to keep bats out of your house is to ensure all open windows and doors are screened.
- Never handle a bat that is on the ground. For the most part, bats are very healthy. A bat that is on the ground is very likely injured or sick. Never let children or pets handle a grounded bat. Never touch a bat with your bare hands.
- Less than ½ of 1 percent of bats will contract rabies. Statistically, bat rabies account for about one human death per year in the United States. As with any wild animal, the best way to prevent exposure to disease is to eliminate direct contact with the animal. Be sure children are aware they should never handle a bat and make sure your pet’s rabies vaccinations are up to date.
- If you find bats are roosting in your attic or other home space, you can deter them by making the area less welcoming and comfortable. Installing bright lights or flashing lights (like a string of holiday lights) or a radio tuned to a talk station can also reduce their comfort level and encourage them to move on. You can also try scent deterrents such as moth balls or ammonia soaked rags.