There are 7 species of bats that are commonly found on Long Island. All of these species are insectivores feeding on moths, mosquitoes, and beetles. A single bat can consume up to 1,200 mosquitoes in a single hour! they emerge in the early evening to feed and are active throughout the night until the early morning.
Did You Know?
Bats aren't actually blind! Despite what you may have heard, bats have fairly good eyesight. Additionally, they use echolocation by emitting high-pitched squeals through their nose and mouth. These noises are used to locate food, other bats, and other objects while flying.
Coexisting with Bats
Bats are an important part of our environment, here are some ways to easily coexist with them.
Install bat boxes like these to prevent them from roosting in your house
Seal any entrances to your house to prevent bats from getting in
Volunteers for Wildlife does not accept bats