There are seven species of bats that call DC home. Bats are the only mammals on Earth that can fly. They are a nocturnal species that use echolocation to navigate and hunt for insects. Just like many species of birds in the area, bats migrate. They return to the DC area each spring. Some bats are solitary, while others roost in colonies. Each summer, females give birth to one pup. Bats are important because they eat insect pests, such as mosquitoes, and their droppings help fertilize soil.
Across the globe, bat numbers are in decline due to white-nose syndrome, a fungus that infects their skin. You can learn more here.
To help conserve bats, you can put bat houses outside your home. Learn more here.
Bats are a rabies vector species, so we cannot treat them at City Wildlife. If you find a sick or injured bat or find one trapped in your home, please contact DC Animal Care and Control at 202-576-6664.