Utah Bat Removal

Utah bats are the most maligned and misunderstood of all mammals in the entire state. 

Utah bats have this negative misconception that is surrounding Utah bats despite the fact that most people know them only as mysterious fluttering objects observed at dusk on summer evenings. Utah Mysteries aside, Utah bats are fairly innocuous to humans. Utah bats don’t attack people to entangle themselves in their hair; they really aren’t interested in Utah people at all. As Utah mammals, they have hair, regulate their body temperatures internally, and nurse their Utah young. Utah bats are the only mammals that fly, and although they have eyes and see very well, they also have the ability to navigate in the absence of sufficient light by using sonar. This sensory system is known as Utah echolocation. It is this constant reaction to incoming Utah echoes that makes a bat in flight appear to stutter or falter, when in reality Utah bats are superb fliers. 

At latest count, there are 925 bat species worldwide, 44 species in North America, and 18 Utah species that reside in Utah. All 18 of Utah’s bats eat insects. In fact, these Utah bats are perhaps the most significant predators of night flying insects, giving them an important function in the ecosystem. During the day some Utah bats roost in caverns such as caves and Utah abandoned mines, while others prefer to roost in crevices and hollows of trees. Recent bat research indicates that numbers of some bat species in Utah may be declining, most likely from the loss of their Utah natural roosting habitat. In light of this information, it is important to note that timber harvesting practices and abandoned Utah mine closures can be undertaken in ways that benefit Utah bats. Old and dead trees can be spared on logged sites to allow them to be used as bat roosts, and abandoned mines can be gated to keep people out while allowing Utah bat continued access.

Recognizing the pivotal role of bats in Utah’s ecosystem, particularly in rural areas like the Uinta Mountains and the Great Basin Desert, is crucial. Bats act as natural pest controllers, aiding in the management of insect populations that threaten crops and forests. Additionally, in urban areas such as Salt Lake City and West Valley City, bats contribute to pollination and seed dispersal, supporting the growth of diverse vegetation and maintaining ecological balance. Preserving bat populations in Utah is vital for sustaining the state’s biodiversity and ensuring the health of its natural habitats


From an environmental perspective, safely removing bats from commercial and residential properties in Utah is imperative for human safety and environmental preservation. In densely populated areas like Provo and Orem, where bats may seek shelter in buildings, employing proper exclusion methods is necessary to mitigate potential health risks associated with bat guano and diseases such as rabies. Implementing humane exclusion techniques and advocating for bat-friendly practices can help property owners protect public health while preserving the ecological benefits that bats provide to Utah’s diverse ecosystems.

List of the 20 largest cities in Utah: 1. Salt Lake City 2. West Valley City 3. Provo 4. West Jordan 5. Orem 6. Sandy 7. Ogden 8. St. George 9. Layton 10. South Jordan 11. Lehi 12. Millcreek 13. Taylorsville 14. Logan 15. Murray 16. Draper 17. Bountiful 18. Riverton 19. Roy 20. Spanish Fork

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