The Alabama Big Brown Bat is one of the 15 species of Alabama bats found in the State of Tennessee. It is also one of the largest growing bats up to 5 inches long with a wingspan of up to 14 inches. The Alabama bat can weigh up to 1 ounce but more commonly weighs ½ to 3/4 of an ounce.
Alabama bats are mostly found roosting under loose bark or in the cavity of a tree. However bats will also utilize caves and cracks in rocks. They have also been found in Alabama buildings and under eves. In the winter time bats will hibernate, living off of stored fat, or bats migrate to warmer climates where food is still available.
Alabama Big Brown Bats are insectivore so they only eat insects including beetles, wasps, bees, flies and more insects. Usually Alabama bats hunt above the tree canopy, as they are one of the first bats to emerge in the evening. They find their food using Alabama echolocation.
The Alabama bat can often be found in buildings or near the entrance to a cave out in the country. Some photos will show that the Alabama Big Brown Bat hangs from rafters of barns in Tennessee, Alabama.
Alabama bats provide an extremely important service for the Alabama environment in that they eat large quantities insects. In fact some Alabama bats can eat as many as 1,200 insects in one hour. Since some insects such as mosquitoes carry diseases including the West Nile Virus and other insects like Cucumber Beatles and moths can cause severe crop damage, Alabama bats are doing humans a huge favor when eating all these insects.
United Bat Control of Birmingham was hired to eradicate / remove bats from Hobson City’s town hall after a colony of some 600 bats took over one wing.