Florida Bats

Welcome to Florida wildlife management, where we are passionate about conserving and protecting the diverse range of species that call our state home. In this section, we will be discussing the fascinating Florida bat, a unique and valuable member of our local ecosystem.

There are 13 known species of bats that reside in Florida, with an additional 7 species that are known to migrate through the state. These bats are a varied group, with different species exhibiting diverse behaviors and habitats. Some live in large groups, known as colonies, while others prefer a more solitary lifestyle. Regardless of their social behavior, all bats are important insectivores, consuming an enormous amount of insects each night.

Bats are incredible creatures, and their flight is one of the most distinctive features that set them apart from other mammals. Although not as skillful in the air as birds, bats have an incredible degree of maneuverability due to their elongated limbs and the thin membrane that connects them, known as the patagium. They are speedy and highly agile, making them extremely difficult to catch.

While bats have an excellent echolocation system that allows them to navigate and locate prey in the dark, they are vulnerable to interference from rain. The sound waves that bats use to detect their surroundings can be disrupted by heavy rainfall, making it difficult for them to fly and find their prey. As a result, bats typically avoid flying in the rain whenever possible.

It’s essential to understand the critical role that bats play in our ecosystem. These insectivores help control insect populations, reducing the number of pests that can harm crops and cause other environmental damage. Additionally, they serve as pollinators for several plant species, contributing to the reproduction and growth of numerous plant species in our area.

If you have bats in your house, it’s important to take action promptly to ensure your safety and the wellbeing of the bats. While bats play an important role in our ecosystem, having them in your house can pose a risk to your health and property.

Bats may enter homes through small gaps or cracks in walls, roofs, or windows. Once inside, they may roost in attics, chimneys, or other dark, enclosed spaces. While bats are generally harmless and avoid contact with humans, they can carry diseases like rabies that can be transmitted to people and pets through bites or scratches. Additionally, bat guano (feces) can accumulate over time and cause health issues, including respiratory problems and histoplasmosis, a fungal infection.

If you suspect you have bats in your house, it’s important to contact a wildlife removal professional to safely and humanely remove them from your property. Do not attempt to handle the bats yourself, as this can be dangerous and potentially illegal, depending on your state’s regulations found below.


Once the bats have been removed, it’s essential to seal up any entry points that they may have used to enter your home to prevent future infestations. You may also need to clean and disinfect the areas where the bats were roosting to remove any remaining guano and mitigate health risks.

It’s important to remember that bats are protected under federal and state laws, and it’s illegal to harm or kill them without proper permits. Working with a licensed wildlife removal professional can ensure that the bats are safely and legally removed from your property while adhering to conservation regulations. (Get consultation)

Is it legal to remove bats from my house in Florida?

Yes, it is legal to remove bats from your house in Florida. However, bats are protected under federal and state laws, so it’s important to follow regulations and work with licensed professionals who understand the legal requirements for bat removal.

How can I tell if there are bats in my house?

Bats are nocturnal and may be difficult to see during the day. Look for signs such as bat droppings (guano), scratching or rustling sounds in the walls or attic, or visible entry points such as holes or gaps in walls, roofs, or windows.

Can I remove the bats myself?

No, it’s not recommended to remove bats yourself, as it can be dangerous and potentially illegal. Bats can carry diseases like rabies, and handling them without proper training and equipment can put you and the bats at risk.

How do I find a licensed professional to remove bats from my house?

Contact us at Florida Wildlife Management and we can discuss what bat removal options you have. We are professionals with experience in bat removal and humane handling methods.

How can I prevent bats from entering my house in the future?

To prevent future bat infestations, we would do repairs to your home to seal up any entry points that bats may have used to enter your house. You can also install bat boxes or provide alternative roosting areas away from your home to encourage bats to nest elsewhere.

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