Brown bats

Asked April 14, 2020, 6:29 PM EDT

I found a dead brown bat in a 5 gallon bucket that I put out to catch rain water for my plants in April 2020. Where would they live in my yard? Do they live here all year? l live in Otter Tail County in the country. Are there more of them? Would they attack me when I'm outside or get in the roof of my house? I had one sit on my hair as a child, in our house, in Wisconsin. My mom had to pull it off. I was about 10 years old and it is a very vivid, horrible memory. No love lost there.

Otter Tail County Minnesota

1 Response

Bats occupy an important niche in our ecosystem. They are an important insectivore. Unfortunately, they are threatened by a fungal disease called white-nose syndrome. They can be found all over Minnesota. They hibernate, often in caves, in winter. They won't attack you, but will bite if threatened. A small percentage of bats carry rabies, so a bat bite should be dealt with by a doctor.

It is more likely you will die from West Nile virus from a mosquito bite than from the bite of an animal that eats as much as its own body weight in mosquitoes daily.

They will absolutely roost in attics and barns. Read here:
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mammals/bats.html
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/wns/index.html