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Keep the Bats Out  Lesser long-eared Bat

Winter is approaching and many mammals are getting ready to hibernate. Bats are one of these mammals and homeowners may find bats in their homes.

The best way of dealing with bats in homes is to focus on prevention. Make sure that your house is tight; any gap three-eighths of an inch or larger needs to be sealed.

Unlike other animals, bats cannot chew through walls. Consequently, it's important to ensure that bats aren't already inside when sealing small holes. Is, you could force the bats into the living space.

When in doubt, install a one-way door. A one-way door will let a bat out but not in.

There are ways to tell that a bat has been getting in your home through a small gap: there may be bat feces around the opening, as well as subtle smudge marks accompanied by an odor.

To hand the wreath, attach a piece of ribbon or a twisted wire loop to the back of the wire frame.

If you find bats in your home, it should be captured and released outside, provided you are positive that there was no bat-human contact. Anyone sleeping in a room with a bat must assume that they were bitten and have the bat tested for rabies. Err on the side of caution, even though the vast majority of bats don't have rabies; it is a lottery you don't want to win."

Source: Stephen Vantassel
University of Nebraska-Lincoln program coordinator for the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management, 402-472-8961.


The editors of this volume, Thomas H. Kunz and M. Brock Fenton, are both biologists with other books on bats to their credit. Here they have included contributions by 28 separate researchers, reflecting not only the diversity and complexity of bat ecology, but also a growing interest in studying the flying mammals.        "It is now possible to generalize that tree-roosting bats typically select tall trees that are in the early stages of decay and are less cluttered than random wildlife trees. Although the species of roost tree may differ from forest to forest. general attributes are similar, resulting in higher densities of roosting bats in older forest stands."
Conservation Ecology of Bats

Organized into three major sections, the book successively covers "Life History and Social Biology," "Functional Ecology" and "Macroecology." Within these sections are arranged 15 individual chapters disclosing recent research findings in specific areas, from bat-insect interactions and ecomorphology to bat migrations and the ecological diversity of bats. .. 

~~ continued in The Nature Pages.

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