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Out “in the wild,” bats are commonly find in dark, but relatively safe and warm spots, such as caves. Tree hollows are another prime location, and it is relatively common to find bat colonies roosting in abandoned mine shafts and other similar locations.
The closer this area is to water, the better; bats love to gorge on insects that live close to or above the water. When the insects come out to play at dawn and dusk, so do the bats, providing us with a bug removal service that is almost second to none. Without bats, we were barely have any crops left - insects would take over and eat the lot.
The Mexican freetail bat, also known as the Brazilian freetail or free-tailed bat, is a massive fan of caves in rural and wild places, but can also be found in old and abandoned buildings, in attics of residential buildings, and even under bridges.
In fact, while we're on the subject of residential attics, they provide the perfect roosting spot for any colony on the lookout for a new one. The space provides almost the same conditions as a cave would - dark, relatively unexplored by the people who live in the property, warm and dry, and also safe from predators. That's what makes them so hardest hit; that and the fact that we don't maintain our roofs enough. Tiny holes barely an eighth of an inch across is all the average-sized bat needs to gain access and, as you can probably imagine, many roofs have an abundance of these seemingly minuscule holes.
All bats, regardless of species, seem to have a particular love for attics and similar spots in buildings, both commercial and residential hit the same.
Go back to the Bat Removal page, or learn about bats in the attic with my Bats in the Attic guide.