OBC Frequently Asked Questions

Bats and Humans: 

Do all bats have rabies?

All bats do not have rabies. Actually only only a very few bats have rabies. It is important to remember not to handle bats.  Contact your local health department if you have been in contact with a bat or you find a bat in your home with a small child that cannot tell you if they have been bitten. 

What if I were bit by a bat?

Contact your local health department if you have been bitten or you find a bat in your home with a small child that cannot tell you if they have been bitten. 

Why are bats living in my house?

In the wild many bats would live on large trees, in caves and   under the peeling bark of dead trees. These options are decreasing rapidly, so bats have had to look for an alternative. Bats have found that our temperature controlled houses and attics fit their housing needs no longer met in the wild. 

How do I get bats to stop living in my house?

If you find you have bats in your home, the best thing you can do is conduct a humane bat exclusion in the early fall after all the young are able to leave the roost. If you live in Southeast Michigan visit crittercatchersinc.com for more information. If you live out of the area contact your local pest removal service and make sure they do not use poisons or an other inhumane methods. 

How do I get rid of a bat flying around in my house?

If you find a bat in your home and have no concerns about it have been in contact with anyone you can first give it an exit route such as open doors or windows. If this is not possible or you are concerned that someone has been in contact with the bat, put on leather work gloves, find a small box or coffee can and a thick piece of paper. When the bat lands carefully put the box or coffee can over the bat and slide the piece of paper between the box/can and the wall. The bat should then be in the can or box. Keep the container covered. Contact your local health department if rabies testing is required. 

 What should I do if I find an injured bat?

Do not touch the bat with your bare hands! Contact your local nature center or veterinary service, they will be able to give you direction on who to contact in your area. It is illegal to rehabilitate bats in some states. 

Are bats an issue for my pets?

There is a chance that your pet will come in contact with a bat, however if your pet is up to date on it's rabies vaccinations there is no immediate concern for your animal. 

What are bat bugs?

Bat bugs are very small insects almost identical to the bed bug. The difference between the two is indistinguishable to the naked eye. Bed bugs however rely on humans as a food source while the bat bug depends on the presence of bats. Bat bugs can enter your home and will occasionally bite humans, if bats are not present, however they cannot survive indefinitely with out bats as their host. 

Is guano toxic or dangerous?

Guano on its own is no more toxic than any other feces. However in large quantities and arid conditions a fungus may grown on bat guano. If the guano is disturbed the spores will erupt and can be inhaled, which can lead to histoplasmosis. This fungus can be found in bird droppings as well.  Contact  your local health department or the center for disease control for more information on histoplasmosis.

Bat Questions

When and where do bats hibernate?

In northern climates,bats that live in colonies will try to hibernate in their summer roosts if internal temperature of the roosts do not drop below freezing. If they are too cold bats will migrate to areas caves or mines and hibernate there. Solitary bats migrate south to warmer temperatures. Hibernation and migration begin in the fall. In the south bats may not hibernate at all but go into a daily torpor in cooler temperatures. 

When do bats return for the summer?

Bats will return to their summer roosting areas in late March or April. 

When are babies born?

Bats mate in the fall before hibernation and the babies are born in the spring and early summer. The peak baby season for bats is June and early July. 

Do bats live in my area?

Bats are found all over the world, except in the extreme north and south where it is cold all year around. 

Questions about the Organization for Bat Conservation

Where can I go to see live bats?

Visit the Bat Zone at the Cranbrook Institute of Science to see award-winning LIVE bat programs that explore the fascinating world of bats. 

Where is the Bat Zone?

Cranbrook Educational Community is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The Bat Zone is located behind the Cranbrook Institute of Science. You can find links to maps under the Meet Bats icon on our homepage. 

How can I help save bats?

By supporting such organizations as The Organization for Bat Conservation you are helping bats across the world. We not only educate the public on the importance of bats but we also support  bat research through  funding and participation.  Programs such as adopt-a- bat and sponsoring a bat help support our bat ambassadors by providing them with food and enrichment! 

Tell me more about OBC's annual Great Lakes Bat Festivals 

 The goal of the Great Lakes Bat Festivals are to spread the message that bats are critical to ecosystems around the world, and encourage people to protect them. The festival includes presentations from bat experts, live animals, hands-on activities, crafts for kids, and exhibits provided a full day of fun and environmental education.  The event occurs every year in July or August in various locations. The 2011  bat festival will be the 10th annual and be held at the Cranbrook Institute of Scince and the Bat Zone, in Bloomfield Hills Michigan in mid-July. For more information look under the About OBC icon on our homepage. 

Information on OBC's live bat programs

We offer live bat programs for pre-k through adult. We travel through-out the United States educating the public about the benefits of bats. The Live Animal Programs section on our homepage will guide you through our variety of programs to find which one works the best for your needs. All our programs meet the Michigan GLECs. 

Can I sponsor one of OBC's bats?

YES you can! Shop the Bat Store will take you to sponsorships and adopt-a-bat programs we offer at OBC. 

Do you have special Keynote speakers available for large groups or events?

Rob Mies, TV personality, conservation biologist, bat expert, author, and Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, speaks about the benefits of bats, the need for conservation, and what can be done to help these unique mammals and invites everyone to step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their benefits, habitats, and nocturnal strategies. 

Bats are shown in a way to interest, excite, and motivate the audience to learn more, take action in their backyard, and work globally to safeguard the earths natural world. 

Call (248) 645-3232 ext. 9 or email us at obcbats@yahoo.com




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