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House Bat Management

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Arthur M. Greenhall

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Wildlife Ecology Research
Washington, D.C. 20240


The soundest long-term solution for the management of bats that enter buildings and cause a nuisance problem or present a public health hazard is by batproofing the structure. Chemical toxicants do not solve house bat problems and may create worse ones. This manual describes batproofing techniques that will provide effective and acceptable alternatives for dealing with house bat problems and hazards. Recent declines in bat populations and greater appreciation of the ecological importance of bats have identified the need for sound management strategies that will encourage bat conservation while protecting human health and solving nuisance problems. One of the best deterrents against house bats is to improve the energy efficiency of the structure since bats may enter holes through which heat is lost. Heat conservation methods used for batproofing will also be eligible for Federal residential energy tax credits. The manual should be useful to homeowners, public health officials, physicians, veterinarians, conservationists, and others interested or concerned about bat interactions with humans.

This resource is based on the following source:

Greenhall, Arthur M.  1982.  House bat management.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Resource Publication 143.  33 pp.

This resource should be cited as:

Greenhall, Arthur M.  1982.  House bat management.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Resource Publication 143.  Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online. (Version 08JUL03).

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