Bats and the types of Bats Framingham may have – they’re the only flying mammal in the world, yet they have one of the single worst reputations of any mammal in the world. Wholly unique and very beneficial to the surrounding environment, they can also sometimes be a bit of a pest if they decide to call your garage or attic home. Understanding the types of bats you may see in Massachusetts, though, can help you learn more about what you’re dealing with and what steps you should take if you want to remove them from your home or garage.
There are two primary types of bats in Massachusetts – the little brown bat and the big brown bat. They look a bit alike, but their size varies quite a bit. Little brown bats are usually just four to five inches in length. Big brown bats can grow up to eight inches in length. Both types have short, soft fur across their bodies. Their wings tend to be a slightly darker brown. Little brown bats form fairly large colonies, typically consisting of hundreds of bats at a time. Big brown bats, though, live in groups of less than two hundred at a time.
Wondering about the higher profile bats that you hear so much about like fruit bats and vampire bats? Don’t worry, those two types of bats don’t live here. Even if they did, though, they’d be just as beneficial for the environment. Why are bats so important? Some bats, like fruit bats, help to spread seeds or pollinate plants.
In Massachusetts, however, bats are important for another reason. All of the bats that live in the state are insectivores. At night when they fly out of their roosting spot, they catch thousands of mosquitoes and other problem insects that you certainly don’t want in your yard later.
In most cases, it’s advantageous to leave the bats alone, but in the event that they’re roosting in your home or garage, we can help. Contact us today to learn more.