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How To Get Rid Of Bats In Ohio Using Exclusion Devices

YouTube Video Posted On November 1, 2021 Titled “How To Get Rid Of Bats In Ohio Using Exclusion Devices & By Sealing Your Home, Attic, Walls, Chimney”

In this video the bat control professionals at the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company of Ohio show you how to humanely get rid of bats by installing exclusion devices over entrances and how to seal up holes in your house, attic, chimney, vents, garage, soffits and roof.

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How And When To Get Rid Of Bats In Houses, Attics, Walls, Chimneys, Roofs, Ceilings, Basements, Barns, Vents, Apartments And Garages In Ohio

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In this video, professional and humane bat removal specialists Mike Cottom Sr. and Jr. from Ohio show you how to get bats out of your house or attic. Learn how to remove bats from your chimney, walls, basement, roof or garage. In Ohio, call 440-236-8114 for a home and attic inspection or to request bat removal and bat guano cleanup services.

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Learn How To Remove Bats In Ohio Using Bat Valves, One-Way Bat Doors, Bat Cones And Bat Exclusion Devices And By Sealing Your Home, Attic, Walls, Vents And Chimney

Pictured Here Is A Bat Valve Which Is An Exclusion Device Used To Get Rid Of Bats In Ohio By The Cottoms Wildlife Removal Company. Check Ohio state regulations for laws on bat removal and times of the year that bats can legally be evicted, here.

NOVEMBER 2, 2021 – Pictured here is a “bat valve” which is an exclusion device used to get rid of bats in Ohio by the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company. Check Ohio state regulations for laws on bat removal and times of the year that bats can legally be evicted, here.

If you have bats in a building, learn how to safely exclude them, here. The idea behind the exclusion method is to create a one-way door the bats use to exit at sunset. However, they can’t get back in when they return before sunrise to roost. If you had bats in your home over the summer, September and October are the best months for conducting a bat exclusion according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

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How To Protect Bats In Ohio – Ohio Bat Laws

Bats in Ohio are important, useful, and a protected species. Lethal means of resolving bat conflicts are a last resort and only an option in unusual circumstances. In most situations, you can resolve bat related issues through exclusion of the bat colony.

The NWCOA Bat Standards Certified course is offered by NWCOA to aid in the survival and future of bats in North America and to educate those who perform bat exclusion services in residential and commercial structures.

NOVEMBER 2, 2021 - The State Of Ohio Protect All Bats - This Means That Killing Bats Is Illegal Unless A Bite Or A Potential Exposure To A Bite Has Occurred

NOVEMBER 2, 2021 – The State Of Ohio protects all bats.  This means that killing bats is illegal unless a bite or a potential exposure to a bite has occurred. All bats in Ohio are declining and protected in some form or another and cannot be intentionally harmed. Therefore, you should not kill the bats in your attic as it is illegal. However, they should be removed due to potential health concerns for humans.

To apply for exclusion authorization, please complete and return a Bat Exclusion Authorization Application (Please contact ODNR Division of Wildlife customer service at 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) or wildinfo@dnr.state.oh.us for more information).

BAT EXCLUSION AUTHORIZATION APPLICATION
The purpose of this permit is to address situations where there is an immediate human health and safety risk.

Background: The purpose of this permit is to address situations where human health and safety is at risk. The exclusion of more than 15 individual bats from a structure during the time period of May 16th through July 31st requires written authorization from the Division of Wildlife (DOW) under Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 1501:31-15-03. This restricted period is put in place to protect bats and their flightless pups during the maternity period. Exclusions conducted during this time often cause more trouble than simply waiting until pups are able to fly (August). Not only will the exclusion result in dead pups, but frantic mothers attempting to get back to their young often find their way into living spaces. However, for health and safety reasons, exclusion may be warranted.

The DOW has been delegated the responsibility under Ohio Revised Code (R.C.) Section 1531.02 to protect all wild animals and wild quadrupeds held in the public’s trust, making it unlawful for any unauthorized take of these animals. “Take”, as defined in R.C. 1531.01, is a broad definition and includes “every attempt to kill or capture and every act of assistance to any other person in killing or capturing or attempting to kill or capture a wild animal.” It is illegal to kill a bat for any reason unless a bite or potential exposure to rabies has occurred. While all of Ohio’s bat species are protected under this law, the DOW recognizes there may be times when human health or safety is at risk. As such, OAC 1501:31-15-03 outlines allowable actions the public may take for nuisance wild animal control, including the removal of unwanted bats from a man-made structure.

While all of Ohio’s bat species are protected under this law, the DOW recognizes there may be times when human health or safety is at risk. As such, OAC 1501:31-15-03 outlines allowable actions the public may take for nuisance wild animal control, including the removal of unwanted bats from a man-made structure.

Allowable Exclusion Activities: If bats are entering the living space inside of a building (i.e., from attic access into a bedroom), these interior routes may be sealed or blocked at any time without a permit. However, unless otherwise approved by the DOW, exterior routes may not be sealed without first installing an exclusion device. The only allowable methods of bat removal are non-lethal exclusion devices or materials that allow the one-way passage of bats out of the home or structure. The use of glue traps and sealing all entry/exit points while bats are inside the structure, are illegal. Bats may not be intentionally killed or harmed unless rabies exposure is suspected. Exclusion devices must be left in place for at least one week. Following a final bat watch where no bats are seen exiting the structure, the device may be removed, and entrance sealed within the same day to prevent bats from reentering.

Who: Property owners and licensed/certified nuisance wild animal control operators may perform bat exclusions. It is illegal for a non-licensed person to receive compensation to perform bat exclusions.

NOVEMBER 2, 2021 - Pictured Here Is The Cottom's Wildlife Removal Company Which Is Licensed To Perform Bat Exclusions In Ohio

NOVEMBER 2, 2021 – Pictured here are some of the folks that work at the the Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company, which is licensed to perform bat exclusion services in Ohio. To request professional bird and bat exclusion services in Ohio call 440-236-8114. The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal Company gets bats out of attics, houses, attic vents, chimneys, garages, roofs, soffits and walls in Ohio.

Authorization Request Process: Before applying for bat exclusion authorization, the property owner or designee must 1) inspect the structure for bats; and 2) perform two bat watches at the structure for one hour at dawn and/or one hour at dusk within a 7-day period. If 14 or fewer bats are observed each night and/or found to be present, exclusion may occur at any time of year. If 15 or more bats are observed on at least one night and/or found to be present between May 16-July 31 and the property owner cannot wait to exclude them until after July 31st, the property owner/designee may apply for bat exclusion authorization. The DOW will consider immediate exclusion in situations where human health and safety is at risk. Applicants must allow 5-business days for review and processing.

Rabies: Bats may not be killed or euthanized unless a bite or potential exposure to rabies has occurred. If rabies is suspected in a bat or a bite cannot be ruled out, contact your doctor and follow instructions of the Ohio Department of Health or your local county health district for preserving and submitting the bat carcass for testing.

Please contact 1-800-WILDLIFE with questions regarding bat exclusion authorization.

Behold, The Benefits Of Ohio’s Bat Population
Posted On Farm and Dairy On August 27, 2021
Written By Barbara Mudrak

The little brown bat is one of the bat species listed as endangered in Ohio, and one of the 12 species susceptible to white-nose syndrome, a fungus that has killed more than 5 million bats in North America since 2006. However, studies show that little brown bats are changing their hibernation habits, sleeping alone instead of in clusters. The National Science Foundation says this may help them fend off the fungus and avoid extinction.

Bats have been getting a bad rap for hundreds, maybe thousands of years.

A Greek playwright referred to a bat from hell coming to suck a camel’s blood in 417 B.C. Bram Stoker cemented their connection to evil when he had Dracula turn into a bat — among other things — in his 1897 novel.

Essential

But contrary to the myths that have built up around them, bats don’t attack humans or get tangled in their hair, and vampire bats don’t suck blood, just lick it. Instead, bats are essential to many ecosystems ranging from rainforests to deserts and are a boon to agriculture.

Bats disperse seeds and pollinate hundreds of species of plants. And because some of them eat roughly their own body weight in insects every night, they reduce crop damage and the need for pesticides.

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, bats eat enough harmful insects to save this country’s corn industry $1 billion a year. While many bat species eat insects, some feed on nectar and pollinate high-value crops like peaches, bananas, cloves and agave, a key ingredient in tequila.

Still, other species eat fruit and thus disperse seeds. Scientists say they may account for 95% of the seed dispersal responsible for early growth in recently-cleared rainforests.

Further benefits

Funded by the National Science Foundation, scientists have been studying other ways that bats benefit humans. For instance, their use of echolocation — emitting high-frequency sounds that bounce off objects, allowing them to navigate and find prey in the dark — inspired sonar and ultrasound.

Bats are the only mammals that can fly on their own power, not relying on air currents. Unlike those of birds and insects, bats’ wings fold when they fly, like a human hand, which allows them to do a 180 with just three flaps. Studying the structure and dexterity of their wings may someday help improve the maneuverability of aircraft.

Bat researcher and neuroscientist Seth Horowitz says even the much-maligned vampire bat may help us in new ways. As they lick the blood that results from puncturing an animal’s skin with their tiny canines, they emit a substance that prevents the blood from clotting. Studying this substance may lead to new ways to prevent or treat blood clots in humans, he said.

Ohio bats

In a video for The Ohio Bat Working Group, Marne Titchenell, Extension Wildlife Program Specialist with The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, describes “A Year in the Life of an Ohio Bat.”

Bat Habitat and Life Cycle by Marne Titchenell, The Ohio State University Extension
Video Posted On YouTube On January 7, 2021 by the School of Environmental and Natural Resources (SENR.OSU.edu)

From April through September, bats need somewhere to sleep or “roost” during the day. After all, they’re nocturnal and fly around and eat all night, she said.

For the hoary bat — the largest bat species in Ohio — and silver-haired and Eastern red bats, that means hanging upside down in the canopy of a tree. Because they prefer to socially isolate when they snooze, they are called solitary bats.

Other species like to roost in big groups called colonies. If their resting place is in a forest, they’ll sleep in hollows or holes in trees, or under bark that has pulled away from the trunk. The larger groups are made up of females and are called maternity colonies, while males form smaller bachelor colonies.

However, bats that hang together don’t limit themselves to trees. They can also form colonies under bridges, in the eaves of buildings or barns, or in attics. More on that later.

The colonial species that hang out in Ohio include little brown bats, big brown bats, Northern long-eared bats and Indiana bats. Of the four, all but big brown bats are on the state’s endangered list, Titchenell said.

Bats mate in the fall but don’t give birth until the following year. Females are able to delay fertilization so that the young, called pups, will be born when insects are available.

The pups are born in May and June and are pretty chunky, about 20 to 30% of the mom’s body weight. She puts a lot of energy into nursing them until they can fly and catch insects on their own, which takes at least a month. The females only have pups once a year. They can have between one and three, but the number is more often one. That’s because bats can live up to 30 years, “so they don’t have to have so many young per year. They can take their time,” Titchenell explained.

Ohio bats hibernate from October through March, she said. The solitary bats are more likely to migrate further south to do that and some, like the hoary bat, may travel long distances, even to Mexico or Central America.

Colonial bats may migrate, but don’t travel as far. Some stay in Ohio, hibernating in caves, abandoned mines and crevices in cliff walls, she said.

Dangers to bats

Some bats want their own space and hibernate alone, while others gather in huge clusters for their winter naps. That’s not a good thing when it comes to white-nose syndrome, a fungus that has killed an estimated five million bats in North America since it was first documented in a popular tourist cave in New York in 2006. Since the fungus comes from Europe, scientists think a visitor brought it to the cave on clothing or equipment.

As bats hibernate, the fungus grows on their muzzles, wings and other body parts, causing skin lesions and, ultimately, death. Studies show that casualties in populations of solitary sleepers level off at some point, but not in populations that hibernate in clusters.

As if white-nose syndrome isn’t bad enough, those charged with counting the casualties of wind turbines are finding more bats than birds, especially so-called tree bats. Scientists so far have found no explanation.

Meanwhile, other bat populations are suffering because of loss of habitat or other environmental changes, including declines in insect populations.

Great efforts are being made to conserve bats, including getting a better handle on their numbers and locations. From 2011 to 2020, staff and volunteers with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife did acoustic surveys to monitor bat populations in the wake of white-nose syndrome. This year, their methods were changed to follow the standards of the North American Bat Monitoring Network or NAbat, which is designed to monitor 47 bat species on the continent of North America, sending statistics to an international database.

House bats

Since bats are protected in Ohio, it’s important to know what you can do — and when — if you discover a colony of bats in your attic. There are ways to evict them, like bat cones that allow them to go out but not back in. Or, you can make an exclusion device out of mesh netting.

“But it’s important that you don’t close them up, or prevent nursing moms from coming back in and feeding their pups,” said Erin Hazelton, Wind Energy Administrator for the ODNR Division of Wildlife.

In fact, it’s illegal in Ohio to exclude bats between May 16 and July 31, when females might be caring for offspring. That is, unless the Division of Wildlife gives permission.

“If they’re in the house, that’s a different story,” Hazelton said. “We don’t ask people to live with bats. They can have rabies, although the incidence is very low.”

The Ohio Department of Health says if you do find a bat in the house and wonder if it has come in contact with people or pets, call your local health department and an animal control agency so the bat can be captured and tested.

“Our bats need help,” Hazelton stressed. There are things that homeowners and landowners can do, like building bat boxes where bats can roost and females can have pups. The internet is full of instructions, she said.

Sarah Stankavich, a wildlife technician with the DOW who is also part of the Ohio Bat Working Group, made a video on creating a bat garden. In it, she suggests planting native flowers that bloom during the late day or night such as blue vervain, goldenrod, evening primrose and phlox. Bats also like herbs such as mint, marjoram, rosemary, chives and lemon balm, she said.

Bats don’t land to drink, so they need an unobstructed source of water, like a small pond or pool. A birdbath will do, as long as it is full.

Stankavich advises maintaining large trees, especially if they have cavities or loose bark for roosting, and, if possible, having some natural (unmowed) lawn. Don’t get rid of raked leaves in the fall, but keep them in piles; bats, butterflies, beetles and moths all benefit from leaf litter, she said.

The Ohio Bat Working Group, which has a Facebook page, and Bat Conservation International are good sources of information. They also have more ideas for those who want to help bats be more than doppelgangers for Dracula.

Conservation Effort From Clearcreek Elementary Students Provides Bat Houses For Local Park
Published by Dayton 24/7 Now on March 6, 2021
Written By Tiffany L. Denen

LEBANON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) — After a months-long project, Clearcreek Elementary first-grade students gathered at Lebanon Armco Park on Saturday on a very special conservation mission.

Starting in Fall 2020, the first-grade students began learning all about bats and how important they are to the environment. “They learned that bats are not the scary creatures that we have a tendency to think about them as,” explained their teacher, Laura Parlett. Two in the students in particular, Rian and Declan, were thrilled to share some of the knowledge they had learned, explaining that they eat bugs “which are very bad”. Parlett added that she had been teaching her students about how bats are seed dispersers and also help keep the insect population down.

After learning about bats and how important they are, the students wanted to help out and make a difference, so the school reached out to see if any nearby parks needed any bat houses – and the students were thrilled to donate them. “The students took it to the next level and did a conservation action by getting bat houses built,” explained Melissa Proffitt, the education and communications specialist for Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Throughout Ohio, there are ten different species of bats, six of which hibernate in the area through the cold winter months. Now that spring is starting to return, they will be coming out of their hibernation caves and looking for roosts and shelters. The new bat houses are going to help give bats that shelter that they need, especially during the time of year when they need it most. Plus, as Proffitt pointed out, it helps reduce the human wildlife conflicts. “People will sometimes get bats in their attics or in their barns where they don’t want the, so having a bat house – an alternative structure – that we do want the bats in really helps to reduce those conflicts,” she said.

Thanks to the effort of the students, Lebanon Armco Park has 19 new bat houses hung on poles around the property. And the Warren County Park District Nature Programs is inviting people to come visit as part of a scavenger hunt and see if they can find them all. “Just make sure to look with your eyes but please do not disturb,” said Proffitt.

Thanks to the effort of the students, Lebanon Armco Park has 19 new bat houses hung on poles around the property. And the Warren County Park District Nature Programs is inviting people to come visit as part of a scavenger hunt and see if they can find them all. “Just make sure to look with your eyes but please do not disturb,” said Proffitt.

Learn How You Can Help To Protect Bats In Ohio

The Cottom’s Wildlife Removal company of Ohio is trying to help protect bats in Ohio and to spread awareness – and so can you. Learn what is being done and how you can help protect bats and their habitats!

With terrifying threats like White Nose Syndrome, bats face a tremendous fight for survival. Populations are declining worldwide at an alarming rate – some species are becoming so rare they are hardly ever seen at all. Bats need all the help they can get and Conserve Wildlife Foundation (CWF) offers some simple ways to get involved and make a difference.

Since there are so many different threats facing bats, there are also many ways that they can be helped through conservation initiatives. Organizations all over the world are working to protect groups of bat species in different regions; the most effective methods of conservation will vary depending on the region and the biggest issues there.

The reduction of habitat loss is key to saving bats. Bat surveys should be undertaken before altering an area of forest of caves, and this should be implemented around the world on a local scale. Initiatives are also underway to reduce harmful tourism activities in bat caves and encourage the use of bat boxes in forests and gardens.

Bats are legally protected. Legal protection of bats varies widely around the globe. In the U.K. and most European countries, all bat species and their roosts are protected – including bats who have roosted in buildings – by domestic and international legislation. In North America, bats have protections in their natural environments and some laws protect bats when they occupy a home or building. However, several species of conservation concern such as little brown bats and Florida bonneted bats might be found in man-made structures.

Be sure to check with your local wildlife agency about restrictions on timing or method of removal.

We need bats if we want healthy and diverse ecosystems filled with a variety of organisms. Many bats feast on insects, some pollinate plants, and some bats spread seeds, too.

Try some of these ideas to help conserve bats.

  • Learn more about bats. One of the most important things you can do to help bats is to learn more about them and share what you learn with your friends and family. Check out these fun Bativities for some ideas. Bat Conservation International and BatWeek.org both provide a lot of information about bats and ways you can help.
  • Use iNaturalist. With an app on your smartphone, you can take part in citizen science by observing bats in a park or in your own backyard. Learn more about iNaturalist and add your own observations.
  • Build a bat house. Bats are running out of good places to roost, rest, and raise young. A backyard bat house will provide shelter they desperately need in your neighborhood or community. In national parks, staff work to protect natural habitat for bats to live in instead of building bat houses. Learn more.

In Parks

  • Stay out of caves when directed. The bats at risk for WNS often hibernate or raise young in caves. They need to be undisturbed so they can rest and raise their young. Also, it is actually unlawful to enter most caves on public lands.
  • Decontaminate before going in a cave. It may be possible for humans to spread WNS from one cave into another. Be sure to listen to rangers’ directions for cleaning (or leaving behind) your shoes, backpack, and gear before entering a cave.
  • Tell a ranger if you see bats acting strangely. Rangers can take steps to protect both bats and people if a bat is behaving in an unusual way.

And no matter where you are, you can celebrate Bat Week in October every year!

March through September is the active time for bats in Ohio. Learn about monitoring and protecting Ohio bats.

A great way to help bat populations in Ohio is to build a bat house and count the number of bats that use the house. Being mindful and minimizing the disturbance of bat habitats or places that bats are known to hibernate helps their over-all population and ecosystems. A big factor that increases bat populations is to avoid the possible spread of White Nose Syndrome by people. Bats slowly reproduce, female bats typically have one pup at a time, so it is important for us to do whatever we can to protect our bats.

Bat roost monitoring surveys are used to identify locations where bat maternity colonies are roosting and determine the approximate size of the colonies. The data helps to understand where the bats are living and how the populations are changing. Little brown bats used to be the most common species of bats in Ohio; their population has declined by as much as 99% according to winter hibernacula counts.

If you have a colony of bats in your house, normally in the attic, it would be good a time to call a professional company to come to your house and carry out an exclusion. The most popular and recommended form of exclusion is a one-way door. This allows for the bats to leave on their own, as they would to forage at night, and then they would not able to get back into the house. When installing a one- way door, it is advised that you also bat-proof your house. Bat-proofing is a way to close off all possible entrances in a house. Due to the small areas that bats can fit into, it is best to have a professional do this.

If a bat is in your house and you have any question about whether the bat has been in contact with people or pets, you will want to have the bat captured and tested. Call your local health department and animal control agency for assistance. If professional assistance is not available, please follow the steps described in this video to safely capture the bat and save it for testing.

It is important to know that bats are protected in Ohio. Bat species are listed on both state and federal endangered species lists. Some bat species in  Ohio are listed on both state and federal endangered species lists. Federally listed threatened and endangered bat species are of importance to caves and mines. Six North American bats are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.  All of these federally listed species are dependent upon caves or abandoned mines during all or part of the year.

These include the Florida Bonneted Bat, Gray bat, Indiana bat, Ozark Big-Eared Bat, Virginia Big-Eared Bat, Lesser Long-Nosed Bat and the Mexican Long-Nosed Bat.

Four species — the tri-colored bat, the little brown bat, the Indiana bat and the northern long-eared bat — are on Ohio’s endangered list. The northern long-eared bat is federally listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The Indiana bat was added to the U.S. list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants on March 11, 1967 due to drastic declines in the species’ population. Under the Endangered Species Act, listing protects the Indiana bat from take (harming, harassing, killing) and requires Federal agencies to work to conserve it.

New Bat Protection Rules Backed By Ohio Energy Group, Environmentalist Organization
Published by Ideastream Public Media on January 18, 2016
Written by Brian Bull

New federal rules will go into effect next month to protect a bat species ravaged by a fungal disease over the past decade. And two Ohio groups back the protections issued by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

With 30 states including Ohio reporting White Nose Syndrome, the quandary has been how to protect bat populations while not overly restricting development and forestry practices.

The new regulations make it illegal to harass, harm, or kill bats in affected areas. They also ban tree-removal within a quarter mile of such areas, and protect trees where young bats roost in June and July.

Shawn Bennett with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), supports the new federal rules. He says they allow – under certain conditions — for clearing land for pipeline development, among other energy activities.

“In Ohio, industries will still be required to do bat surveys to ensure they are not impacting areas where bats reside, and the rule still will not allow for oil and gas industries or any others to clear trees during summer months if near known roost sites.”

The Great Lakes Chapter of the National Wildlife Federation, also backs the rules. The NWF’s Frank Szollosi says bats devour many pests harmful to crops in the state.

“White Nose Syndrome itself is across all of Ohio’s 88 counties,” says Szollois. “It’s important not just to oil and gas, real estate developers, but I would think that Ohio agriculture would be supportive of efforts to protect a species that provides such incredible ecosystem services to farmers.”

But other industry and environmental groups aren’t as receptive. The Independent Petroleum Association of America says the rules will drive up costs and hurt production, while the Center for Biological Diversity says it may challenge the regulations in court as insufficient protection for the mammals.

White Nose Syndrome disrupts the hibernation cycle of several species of bats, which has caused many to starve in the winter months. The northern long-eared bat has been particularly hit, with mortality rates hitting 90 to 100 percent of those affected, including those in Summit County’s Liberty Park.

The new regulations take effect February 16th.

Ohio Bat Working Group
Communication and collaboration between bat-minded people.

Coexisting with Bats
Bats are critical to the health of natural ecosystems and human economies around the world, providing seed dispersal, pollination, and pest control services. Unfortunately, bats are often viewed in a negative light, stuck in a stigma that has been created and reinforced by literary and cinematic culture. In truth, bats are harmless and highly beneficial, and coexistence between bats and humans is critical to maintain the ecosystem services bats provide.

Like most wild animals, bats prefer to be left alone and avoid human contact. However, there are times when bats and humans cross paths and conflict or questions arise. The below resources are provided to help in such situations.

Bats in Buildings
The most effective solution to remove unwanted bats from a building is exclusion. This method involves placing one-way exclusion devices over the main access point(s) of the building. In Ohio, it is unlawful to perform an exclusion between May 16-July 31 if there are 15 or more bats inside a structure. A colony of 15 or more bats is likely a maternity colony (females with young), so exclusion is restricted in order to protect flightless bat pups. In situations where human health and safety is at risk, a property owner/designee may seek written authorization from the Chief of the Division of Wildlife to perform an exclusion during the restricted period. Visit here for more information.

What to do if you find a bat:

During the summer, bats are out flying almost every night hunting insects. Seeing bats flying around at dusk and throughout the night, especially under lights, is normal behavior. If you find a bat on the ground that appears sick, injured, or in need of care, contact a wildlife rehabilitator. Wildlife rehabilitators are trained professionals that care for wildlife until they can be returned to the wild.

Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators in Ohio

Bats and Diseases
Bats are meticulous groomers and should never be mistaken for dirty animals. However, bats, like most mammals, can contract the rabies virus (though few ever do). Bats are also not alone from other wild animals in being a potential source of human disease. Please visit the below sites for more information on bats and diseases.

Rabies (the following information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Bats and Covid-19

Bats and histoplasmosis (the following information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

10 Ways to Be A Friend to Bats [Information From The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Midwest Region Endangered Species]

Be a citizen scientist. Reduce pesticide use. Join a bat conservation organization. Your steps can make a difference.

  • Be a bat ambassador!
  • Reduce pesticides
  • Promote natural bat habitat
  • Protect water quality
  • Put up a bat house
  • Be a citizen scientist
  • Avoid disturbing bats
  • Safely remove or exclude bats
  • Help out
  • Find out more

1. Be a bat ambassador!

Learn more about bats, and share what you learn with family or friends. Bats get a bad rap and we need your help dispelling myths about bats and helping people learn about these fascinating and beneficial animals. Spread the word … bats aren’t scary!

2. Reduce pesticides

All of the bats that live in the Midwest eat insects – a single bat can eat up to 3,000 insects in a night! Bats are primary predators of night-flying insects, including many pest species. Feed a hungry bat by minimizing the use of pesticides in your lawn and garden.

3. Promote natural bat habitat

Around your home leave dead and dying trees where they don’t create a hazard … these are favored roosting sites for bats.

4. Protect water quality

Protect streams and wetlands to provide clean water sources and good foraging areas for bats.

5. Put up a bat house.

Instructions can be found on Bat Conservation International’s website at www.batcon.org/resources/getting-involved/bat-houses

6. Be a citizen scientist.

Many Midwestern States have bat-related citizen science projects. Examples are acoustic bat monitoring and summer bat roost counts. Contact the natural resource agency in your state to learn what is available.

7. Avoid disturbing bats.

Stay out of caves and mines where bats are hibernating in winter. If a bat is disturbed during hibernation, it may arouse and become active. This increased activity can lead to starvation if the bat’s fat reserves are used up before winter is over.

8. Safely remove or exclude bats

If a bat accidently flies into your home, try to remove it safely without harming the bat. If bats take up residence in your home, use humane methods to exclude the bats. If you contact a professional to help with bat exclusion, be sure to ask them if they use humane methods. Safe removal methods can be found on the Organization for Bat Conservation website at batconservation.org/learn/bat-in-your-house/. Safe and humane exclusion methods can also be found on their website at batconservation.org/learn/nuisance-bats/.

9. Help out

Join an organization that focuses on bat conservation.

10. Find out more

Find out more about white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of bats, and help to avoid possible spread of WNS by humans.

Endangered Bat Species In Ohio Means No Tree Cutting

If you want to cut down a tree, April to October is probably the wrong time to do so.
Published by the Tribune Chronicle on April 25, 2021
Written by Nathanael Hawthorne

If you want to cut down a tree, April to October is probably the wrong time to do so.

That is according to Sarah Stankavich, bat survey coordinator with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Various endangered species of bats are using trees to nest during that time, she said. By cutting down trees, it could be detrimental to the already dwindling species that call Ohio home.

Four species — the tri-colored bat, the little brown bat, the Indiana bat and the northern long-eared bat — are on the state’s endangered list. The northern long-eared also is on the federal endangered list.

From April 1 until Oct. 1, ODNR encourages that trees not be chopped because it not only removes the bats’ habitat, but it could kill bats sleeping in the trees. If a tree is cut and bats are killed, ODNR can go after those in violation, Stankavich said.

“If someone cuts down a tree and harms these species, we could pursue restitution charges against that person. It’s kind of ‘cut at your own risk,’” she said.

Stankavich said 10 species of bats are found in Ohio.