Big Brown bats are one of the most common species of bat native here to the Virginia region. Not only are they vital to our local eco-systems, these bats are quite interesting to learn about. And what better way to learn something new than to incorporate some fun!
Continue reading to review a fun and educational acronym to learn more about this fascinating Virginia bat species!
Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
There are numerous species of bat found in and around the state of Virginia. In fact, see our blog, “Which Bats are Native to the State of Virginia?” to learn the most common of them. In terms of nuisance wildlife, one of the most common bats found in attics and other residential and commercial areas are Big Brown bats. Check out this acronym to learn some top facts about this amazing, and highly misunderstood, bat species.
B – Big Microbats;
Big Brown Bats, although a microbat species, are big for their suborder. In adulthood, they can reach body lengths between 4 and 5 inches.
I – Insectivorous Diet;
Big Brown Bats are insectivores. Just one bat can consume more than their own body weight in insects in one single night.
G – Garage Life;
Big Brown Bats are commonly found roosting in garages and sheds of residential properties. The easy access and ample privacy makes these high target areas.
B – Brown Fur;
Big Brown Bats are in fact brown in color. They typically have more of a reddish brown fur coat, which is glossy and shiny.
R – Roosting Spots;
Like all bats, Big Brown Bats build roosts, which are their nests. Common roosting spots include mines, caves, buildings, bat boxes, tree cavities, log piles, and rock crevices.
O – One Pup Per Year;
Female Big Brown Bats give birth once per year to only one baby bat, also known as a “pup.” Pups stay with their mother for about 3 weeks, or until they can hunt and feed themselves.
W – Wing Span and Weight;
Big Brown Bats weigh an average of 15 to 25 grams in adulthood. Their wingspan averages between 12 and 14 inches for adults.
N – North America
Big Brown Bats are found all across North America, as well as, Central America, the Caribbean, and extreme northern South America.
B – Bird-Like;
Big Brown Bats are bird-like because they are, after all, a bat, which happens to be the only mammal on earth that can actually fly! Other “flying” mammals just soar or float.
A – Abatement;
As mentioned, Big Brown Bats are more known as a nuisance animal here in Virginia. If you have nuisance bats around, be sure you choose safe and non-lethal bat abatement methods.
T – Torpor;
Torpor refers to the period of decreased physiological activity (body temperature and metabolic rate) Big Brown Bats experience during hibernation.
Do You Have a Nuisance Bat Problem?
Not only can bats be a hazard to your loved ones and pets, they can be extremely destructive to your property. If you suspect that you have nuisance bats around, be sure to act fast! Contact a licensed Virginia bat removal and control company for expert bat abatement and exclusion services you can trust.