Informative New Poster Regarding the Importance of KY Bats and Safe Coexistence
Urban and suburban habitats like Lexington, KY support bat populations of multiple species even though you may not think of suburbia as ideal natural habitat such as in the neighboring countryside. However, some species of bats thrive in human-dominated landscapes and scientists have found that species like the big brown bat may utilize human built structures as roosts preferentially to trees and other natural roosts. These structures include bridges, barns, and also eaves and attics of homes and other buildings. While we should welcome the presence of bats, we also have cause to think twice before allowing bats to roost in our attics.
Kentucky’s Departments of Fish and Wildlife Resources, State Parks, and for Public Health have recently produced and shared this new poster highlighting some interesting facts about KY bats and wisely cautions against touching or handling bats to safely coexist with these unique mammals. Protect your family and bat populations by leaving their handling to professionals. Did you know that a proper bat exclusion to remove bats from your home or property rarely includes handling of bats?