These 2 types of bats are the most commonly and deemed a nuisance in the New Orleans area, to include Covington, Mandeville, Hammond and Slidell on down to Houma and you can’t get that much further south on land than that!
While we have many other species, these two seem to cause the most trouble for homeowners and local businesses. The reason for that is that these two are colonists - they like to hang out in a crowd! Yes, we have bats in the French Quarter too!
Little Brown bat
Other bats that they say we have are as follows:
Big Brown -Not really migratory, they like to hang out and party all year! This bat hibernates and flies less than 2 hours each night!
Evening Bat -He’s (or she’s) got a hairless snout with a short curved forward tragus…thats kinda like an ear part that sticks up in the ear area. Males can be solitary - but females will colonize in large numbers.
Northern Yellow Bat
Rafinesques Big Eared
Seminole -These guys are solitary and hang out in spanish moss. They are reddish-brown with frosted looking hair
If your REALLY serious about learning about our local bats there are two websites that really deliver on the best information and no it isn’t wikipedia, in fact I think as far as bats go they are terrible and basically just copy and paste from the real information sources.
And the second one might be a bit tough to navigate so I put together this search for you which should result in bunch of information about bats, if it doesn’t you will have to dig but the amount of information is outstanding once you can get to it!