Michigan’s Big Brown Bats:
Michigan’s big brown bats are insectivores, eating mostly beetles. They will also eat other flying insects including moths, flies, wasps, and others. They use their strong teeth to chew though the hard outer shell of the insects. Big brown bats only eat in warm months when insects are alive. Therefore, they eat large amounts of insects in the summer and fall to prepare for hibernation. They will also not eat in heavy rain or if the temperature gets too low. They usually begin looking for food right after sunset, eat until they are full, then hang upside down to digest their meal. They return to the day roost during sunlight hours.
Big brown bats are the most common bat in cities, towns, and rural areas. These bats can live in many human dwellings, including homes, barns, churches, athletic stadiums, and storm sewers. They also roost in tree hollows and caves. Big brown bats forage in a variety of habitats including rivers and streams, forested areas, over open fields, and along city streets. Big brown bats are highly adaptable.
Big brown bats can survive up to 19 years in the wild and males tend to live longer than females. Most big brown bats die in their first winter. If they do not store enough fat to make it through their entire hibernation period then they will die in their winter roost.
Many people do not like sharing their homes with bats. The only way to keep them from entering homes or other buildings is to block the holes bats use as entryways. People also have concerns regarding bats and the virus that causes rabies. It is important to tell people not to handle any obviously sick wild animal but the risk of contracting rabies from bats is not very common.
Bat Specialists of Michigan will humanely remove unwanted bats from your dwelling. We will then seal off the openings where they are getting in so you can rest assured your bat problems will be over. Call the professionals today for your home inspection. 248-800-4126