Mexican Long-Nosed Bat Removal and Control (a.k.a. Saussure's Long-Nosed Bats)
Mexican long nosied bats are a very unusual creature and should only be handled or controlled by a professional bat removal expert, Some interesting information can be found on Mexican Long Nosed bats and their control bellow, You can find a professional bat removal company here.
Mexican long-nosed bats arrive in New Mexico and Texas in June, just in time for a feast: the summer blooming of agave plants. Primarily residents of Mexico, these bats are found north of the US border only from June to August. It measures about 3-4 inches in length, can be dark gray to "sooty" brown in color, and has a long muzzle with a prominent nose leaf at the tip.
If you live near agave or desert-scrub woodlands at elevations of 4,900 to 7,500 feet, you may see these bats hovering around agaves and cacti, or at hummingbird feeders, at night. Mexican long-nosed bats roost mainly in caves, abandoned mines, and in cliff-face cavities in small to large colonies; they have not been reported to roost in attics or other human structures. So if you find one or two of these bats in your home, it is very unlikely that there are more in your attic.
When dealing with these bats, be aware that Mexican long-nosed bats are listed as endangered in both the US and Mexico. One threat to these bats is harvest of wild agave. When agaves are harvested, not only are they removed from the bats' present food supply, but future generations of agave plants also are eliminated: a single plant grows for 10 to 20 years, flowers only once, then dies. Other threats include disturbance of roost sites (if you happen to come across a colony, just leave quietly) and pesticide use.
If you do happen to find one or two of these bats in your home, chances are they have wandered in by mistake. They’ll often enter homes through open windows and doors, but may use any crevice they can find. This usually occurs in the early fall when bats are checking for potential roost sites. The presence of any bat in your living spaces is purely accidental; it is often a simple matter to allow it to escape.
Any bat will usually find its own way out; jut open all windows and doors leading to the outside. Bats usually will not attack a person even if chased. Never swat or throw things at the bat, or run around waving. All this tends to do is confuse the bat and leave you exhausted. Above all else, calmly watch the bat to make sure it leaves. If the bat refuses to leave, it will calm down and land on something. Drapes and hanging clothes seem to be the preferred rest areas. Place a small box or can over the bat, then gently slide thin cardboard under the "trap" to collect your bat, then release it outside. At last resort, local health authorities can be called to collect the bat, though this may result in its demise. If a bat, or any wild animal, has come in contact with pets, children, or other vulnerable person, contact your local health department. Health department recommendations vary from state to state.
Professional Measures to control Mexican Long Nosed Bats
There’s a couple of ways a professional bat exclusion professional can help. They can tell you which kind of bats occur in your area, and possibly help you determine which bat you’re dealing with. They can also inspect your house for possible entrance points (these can be quite small), and advise you on exclusion measures to take. If you want to go this road, look for a company who:
· has experience finding all the tiny entrances bats use to enter and exit a structure, and in sealing up those gaps.
· uses only the most effective exclusion and removal techniques, in compliance with all state and local regulations.
We have many pages on several different species of bats, please use our main bat removal page for specific species of bats needing controlled.