The Little Brown Bat, like its name, is small, and tan to dark brown in color. It can be found throughout the country, as far north as Alaska. The species most commonly uses bat houses for roosts and nurseries.
Did you know:
- Bats are indicators of a healthy environment. The more bats, the lower amounts of pesticides being used in the area.
- One bat can consume 600-1000 mosquitoes in an hour eating their own body weight in insects nightly.
- A bat house can hold a colony of up to 300 bats.
- More than 40 North American species of bats have been reported using a bat house.
- Bats are the #1 predator of night-flying insects. Bat houses can help bats by providing roosting space when a natural roosting habitat is scarce.
- Bats use echo location to find food at night, primarily nocturnal (similar to dolphins and whales).
- Bats have young in the spring or early summer having one to two "pups" a year.
- Females feed their young milk so they must consume the most insects to feed their young.
- Bats hibernate through winter. To hibernate, bats require shelter such as attics, caves, bridges, or a bat house.
- Bats need water nearby because water attracts the insects they need for food.
- Bats help save farmers millions of dollars each year by consuming crop pest insects. Also Bat guano makes an excellent fertilizer.
- Bats can live up to 35 years.