As their natural habitats have been lost, bats have adapted to roost in houses. Like barn owls some bat species now rely on buildings for shelter.
- Bats are not rodents, and will not nibble or gnaw at wood, wires or insulation.
- Bats do not build nests and therefore do not bring bedding material into the roost; neither do they bring their insect prey into the roost.
- All bats in the UK eat insects, so they are a great form of natural pest control!
- Bat droppings in the UK are dry and crumble away to dust. As a result, there are no known health risks associated with them.
- Female bats usually have only one baby a year, so properties do not become 'infested'.
- Most bats are seasonal visitors to buildings - they are unlikely to live in the same building all year round, although they are loyal to their roosts and so usually return to the same roosts year after year.
- The rabies risk from UK bats is extremely small. Rabies is transmitted through a bite or a scratch from an infected bat. It is not spread through urine or faeces. Therefore you are at no risk if you do not handle bats. Learn more about bats and rabies.
- Bats are clean and sociable animals and spend many hours grooming themselves.
Lots more information on our Living with Bats leaflet.