A bat in the bathtub in Westport, CT prompted this customer to give us a call for an emergency bat removal. This customer has had a bat problem in her house before, but neglected it for several years. After we caught the bat in the bathtub, we did an inspection of the attic and exterior of the home. Upon our inspection we found that this customer indeed had a bat issue. We found piles of guano in the attic as well as approximately 120 bats.
We bat proofed the house for her by screening up the house and using one way doors. We then made sure all the bats had vacated and sealed up all openings small enough for a bat to enter around the house. We also cleaned the attic.
The Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat have been the two most common bats in Connecticut. Both have brown-furred bodies. The forelegs and “hands” of bats have become wings. The wing membranes stretch between the elongated “fingers”. The “thumb” exists as a little claw at the end of the forearm. Bats use this claw to climb and crawl when not in flight. Bats roost by hanging upside-down from their rear foot claws.
Both bats range through most of the continental US and into southern Canada. They can live in woods, farm fields, and cities and are the bats most often found roosting in houses in Connecticut. Brown bats are nocturnal (like other North American bats). They are active during the spring, summer and fall. During the day they roost in a dark, warm place such as an attic, hollow tree or cave. For both species the males tend to roost solo or in small groups during the summer months while the females will gather in communal nursery roosts with their pups. They hibernate in similar spaces during the winter. Little brown bats hibernate in clusters.