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Bat Management in Alabama
Jim Armstrong
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Pages / Length: 4
Publication Date: 01/10/2004

Bats, the only mammals that truly fly, are misunderstood by many people. Sixteen species of bats, all insectivorous, are found in Alabama. Their natural habitats are trees or caves; however, attics, eaves, and chimneys sometimes make ideal roosting areas. Bats roost during the day and feed at night, catching as many as 3,000 insects each night. Despite these beneficial qualities, bats become a nuisance if they take up residence in a human-made structure. This four-page publication provides information on identifying the presence of bats and recommendations for bat exclusion; includes photos and detailed illustrations, as well as instructions for building a bat house.