Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
. . . Coming Out of the Dark
Bats Most Likely to Use a House
The following bats would be the most likely species to occupy bat houses. In
general, any species that naturally roosts in buildings, under bridges, or in
trees and cavities is a bat house candidate.
- Little Brown Bats are not common in the state, but houses
probably would be used by males for summer roosts.
- Cave Myotis are found in the western half of the state.
Houses probably would be used for late summer and early fall roosting.
- Eastern Pipistrel are very abundant in the eastern third
of the state. Houses might be used for summer roosts.
- Big Brown Bats are widespread through the eastern half of
the state. Houses could be used for nursery colonies, summer roosts or hibernation.
- Evening Bats are most abundant in the eastern half of the
state. Houses would be used for rearing young and for summer roosts.
- Pallid Bats are found in Cimarron, Woodward and Woods counties
and in the Wichita Mountains. Houses probably would be used for summer roosts.
- Mexican Free-tailed Bats migrate each fall to South America
but return in spring to set up nursery colonies in gypsum caves in the western
third of the state. Houses could be used for rearing young or as roosts
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