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About colonizing bats

About colonizing bats

The first thing you need to realise about colonizing Albany bats is that if you kill them then absolutely nobody is going to like you, these days colonizing bats are considered environmentally friendly creatures, this is because bats eat an enormous number of insects and most people like that idea. In a lot of jurisdictions it is illegal to hunt, capture, injure or kill a New York bat of any species.

The one concern with Albany bats is that they can carry rabies, that said of the estimated many millions of bats that live in the United States alone usually only about 30 are found each year with rabies, these infected animals are usually easily detected because they will fly during daytime and they will have trouble flying, New York bats are usually non-aggressive but rabid ones may bite.

In the United States there are four main species of Albany bat, they are the most common which is the little brown bat, its range is pretty much the whole northern half of the United States, adults weigh about 40 ounces and has a wingspan just under 10 inches, these bats breed from early June to early August and can form massive colonies. The second most common New York bat in the United States is the Mexican or Brazilian free-tailed bat, it is a little larger than the little brown bat weighing in around 45 ounces and has a wingspan of 10 inches, this species breeds late May early June and basically occupies the whole of the southern United States, again they form into huge colonies, but this species main claim to fame is their ability to tolerate extremely high temperatures.

The other two species most common in the United States are the big brown bat and the evening bat. The big brown Albany bat is about twice the size of its little brother and the evening bat is about the same size as the little brown bat. Both these species form smaller colonies with the evening bat sometimes joining free-tailed New York bat colonies.

All colonizing bats eat insects, they live from 18 to up to 30 years of age depending on the species but it must be said that there doesn't seem to be a whole lot actual information about lifespans of different species, for example I could not even find a guess at how long evening Albany bats live. No bats actually pose a physical threat to human beings, our children or our pets. It is their habits and what they leave behind that pose the threats, and if you have a colony of New York bats in your roof then they are just plain annoying.

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