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Facts about bats in Louisiana


These 2 types of bats are the most commonly deemed a nuisance as far as bats go 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! The Evening bats are not migratory like the free-tails though as the free-tails seem to almost disappear around here late in the year, but they both do migrate to some degree.

Some other local differences are that the Evening bats seem to be more able or ready to chew their way back in during a netting exclusion so we use tubes to evict them as often as possible. The free-tails were much more prominent around here 10 years ago, in fact we rarely saw evening bats in the same colony to much degree. With so little study on the subject, we are left to guess and base our opinions on what we see. By the way, the pictures above were taken from the same jobsite and provided to me by my competitor and friend Dave Milliken. I use them here because they are excellent photos and clearly show the difference between the two species. Bats in the area do eat mosquitos but their primary diet and favorite food is a moth.

Free-tailed bat

Evening bat

Other bats that they say we have are as follows:

These 2 types of Bats!

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.

So number one: www.batcon.org

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!


Freetailed bat showing the tiny hairs on the feet