Should I be concerned about bats around my house? in New Jersey | Bat

Should I be concerned about bats around my house?

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Consider attaching a bat box to a tree or post to provide bats an alternative roosting location.

Bats are native to North America and live in rural, urban, and suburban areas. They live in a variety of spaces, from rock crevices and caves to old buildings and bridges. Some bats, like red bats, live in trees. 

If bats are flying around your yard, they are probably eating bugs.

There are 40 different species of bats in the U.S. that eat only bugs. One little brown bat may eat up to 500 bugs per hour. 

As long as bats aren’t flying into your house, there is no reason to be concerned. Additionally, you don’t need to worry about bats flying into you. Bat echolocation is powerful - and contrary to popular belief, bats can also see fairly well - so they won’t fly into your hair or face. 

If you are worried about bats roosting in nearby buildings, consider attaching a bat box to a tree or post to provide them a hideout.

Laws and regulations to be aware of

While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.

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