Bats

Bats

Color:  Brown to black.

Characteristics: The little brown bat has glossy brown fur.  The big brown bat has medium length fur.

Size: Little brown bats are 2 ½ -3 ¾ inches in length, females being a bit larger than the males. They have a wing span of 8-11 inches. Their ears are black in color small and rounded.  Big brown bats average in length from 4-5 inches and have a wing span of 11-13 inches. A big brown bats ears, feet and face are dark brown to black in color.

Potentially Dangerous: Yes

Bites & Stings

Structure Damaging

Health Hazard

Illness Spreading

Structure Invading

Little brown bats and big brown bats are two types of bats found in Texas. Big brown bats are much more distributed throughout the state than the little brown bat.

Why Do I Have A Bat Problem?

Bats have a tendency to infest buildings and homes during the day. They often choose areas like attics, under roof eaves and behind shutters to hang out while they wait for dusk. Bats will look for places that have an abundance of food and water sources nearby. Properties that attract bats tend to have the following characteristics:

  • A lot of vegetation and landscaping
  • A large number of insects around
  • Are close to ponds, pools or water baths

What Kind of Threat Do Bats Pose?

Bats carry pathogens that can be dangerous to humans; they are most noted for being a carrier of rabies. Bats can also introduce fleas, mites and bat bugs to your home. Bats that take up residence in structures may introduce a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum that is found in their feces. This fungus can lead to serious health risks and can result in lung disease in humans.

How Do I Control Bats?

Bats can be difficult to control because they like to come back to the same place to roost day after day. If you have a bat problem, we do not recommend trying to get rid of bats on your own. The risks associated with these pests are serious. Professional bat control is the ideal solution whether you have a single bat or many roosting in your home or business. The team at Holder’s Pest Solutions have the tools, knowledge and experience to safely and efficiently take care of bat infestations. Contact us today for more information.