Microbats vs. Megabats

The bats of North America (Texas has the most species of bats followed by Arizona) belong to a group known as microbats. The species that fall into this category, including little brown bats, big brown bats, and Mexican free-tailed bats, are all small insectivores that rely on echolocation. Larger bats, known as megabats, are found elsewhere in the world and possess excellent eyesight and senses of smell, which they use to track down fruit, small mammals, and even fish. Additionally, a handful of species native to the tropical regions of South and Central America actually feed on the blood of other animals.


Distinguishing between little brown bats, big brown bats, and Mexican free-tailed bats can be tricky. As nocturnal animals, bats take flight at dusk and hunt insects throughout the night, which makes seeing them clearly very difficult. During the day, they hide in secluded roosts, like the insides of attics and chimneys, under bridges, or in dark caves. In general, little brown bats have wingspans under 10 inches and glossy tan or dark-brown fur. Big brown bats tend to have reddish or copper colorations and wingspans over a foot in length. Mexican free-tailed bats may be the easiest to identity since they usually live in extremely large colonies throughout the Southwest United States. These dark gray or brown bats possess wingspans of about a foot lengthwise and have distinct tails that are not fully covered by a wing-like membrane, as is the case in most other species.

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Anett B.
Brandon was out to please and make out lives easier with out bat situation. Above and beyond of the call of duty and got the job done. Thank you!
Celia G
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BAT POOP CLEAN-UP AND PREVENTION! Bat guano removed from gables. No bats found in attic, so put new screens on all gable vents, as one screen was close to breaking and then bats may have gotten in! Great work in Tulsa!
Jerry M.
Squirrels and chipmunks were in our attic. So we called Critter Control to do an inspection. Their representative climbed all over our very steep roof and found several places where squirrels had entered our attic.

Upon inspection of the attic, evidence of bats was also found. The Critter Control team came on time to completely caulk the entire perimeter of the house and create an exit strategy for the squirrels and bats.

Because bat droppings can cause histoplasmosis, this also required total removal and replacement of our attic insulation and sanitizing the space. Not a small job in a 1,300 sq. ft. attic! While Critter Control’s cost was high, our homeowners insurance covered most of it. Everyone representing Critter Control was professional, courteous and timely. I would highly recommend them to anyone who thinks they might have unwelcome guests living in their attic
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On recommendations from a nearby pest control company, I called Critter Control for suspicious bat droppings.

Madison came out the same day to do an inspection. She was knowledgeable, thorough, and highly professional. She examined the ‘matter’ that had been scattered on my threshold and thought it was foliage. But she then asked to go up to my attic space where the bats could be roosting. She had to walk up 3 flights of stairs with a heavy ladder. She again spent some time searching all the nooks and crannies and found nothing.

She seemed so interested in her craft, it was truly inspiring to see! She reassured me and is writing up a prevention strategy for my appraisal. She charged me NOTHING!! I am so impressed. We need more Madisons in this world!

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We noticed droppings on our brand new deck - we were given their number from our contractor. They came the next day. Brian looked at it and said - yeah, bats!! He then checked every area in our attic and he explained exactly what needed to be done.

He found evidence of a mice infestation, provided a referral and they are helping us as well. Great service, very informative, very professional! We are very satisfied and would recommend them to anyone who has any issues with any critters!


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