The people of Arizona are a hardy breed. They have to be to live in the desert surrounded by scorpions, lizards, and snakes. Few people realize just how many bats live in Arizona though. And yes, even Phoenix is filled with them.

Phoenix is actually home to a colony of Mexican free-tail bats that is over 10,000 strong. That’s a very large colony. They live in a flood control tunnel in Arcadia during the summer months to give birth and then most leave in August or September to migrate back to Mexico. Arizona Game and Fish has been monitoring the colony since the 1990’s. There are signs posted educating area residents about the bats since they are located in a popular hiking area.

So, if there is a very large colony of bats living in a densely populated city like Phoenix, imagine how many there are in more rural areas like Happy Jack, Arizona for example.

How Many Bats Live in Arizona?

Arizona is second in the diversity of their bat species only to Texas. There is a whopping 28 species of bats documented in Arizona.

  1. Western yellow bat
  2. Big free-tailed bat
  3. Western red bat
  4. Yuma myotis
  5. Greater western mastiff bat
  6. Big brown bat
  7. California myotis
  8. Western pipistrelle
  9. Lesser long-nosed bat
  10. Fringed myotis
  11. Arizona myotis
  12. Pocketed free-tailed bat
  13. Mexican long-tongued bat
  14. Pallid bat
  15. Allen’s lappet-browed bat
  16. Silver-haired bat
  17. Mexican free-tailed bat
  18. Long-eared myotis
  19. Southwestern myotis
  20. Cave myotis
  21. Long-legged myotis
  22. Townsend’s big-eared bat
  23. California leaf-nosed bat
  24. Ghost-faced bat
  25. Underwood’s mastiff bat
  26. Western small-footed myotis
  27. Hoary bat
  28. Spotted bat

Texas is well known for its extremely large bat colonies. This is due mainly to the species of bats that take up residence there. Mexican free-tails are well known for their large colony sizes. And Arizona is chalk full of them as well.

A couple years ago, there was even a public service announcement about an extreme heatwave driving the bats in people’s homes and businesses where it was cooler. Bats inside an occupied living space is a really bad thing for so many reasons. Rabies, histoplasmosis, and property damage being the big three items.

Don’t Let Bats Hang Around Your Home

Bats are great for our ecosystem. We highly encourage you to make sure they stay outside though. Living with a bat infestation inside your home of building is just a recipe for disaster. And bats don’t just go away once they’ve established a roost. Think of them like mice. If you have mice in your house, you address it appropriately as you should. The big difference is that it’s a lot harder to get bats out of your home once they are nice and comfortable there.

Call us today if you need help with bats in your home or business. Whether you live in Phoenix, Happy Jack, or anywhere else in Arizona, we can help!

Your local bat removal expert,

Michael Koski

Get Bats Out Owner and President Michael Koski
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  • Gwen

    May 7, 2023 | Reply

    I meantime wild bats not wild cats. Thx

  • Gwen

    May 7, 2023 | Reply

    Several years there were wild cats in my central Phoenix neighborhood and would visit my backyard at dusk. I haven't seen them in many years. Where did they go and why? Thx!

    • Tori Bruce

      May 9, 2023 | Reply

      There are different possibilities for why bats disappear. Sometimes they have to change where they roost due to being excluded from a building, deforestation, or possibly weather. Or sometimes disease will go through a colony (like white-nose syndrome).

  • Brandy

    March 27, 2020 | Reply

    In what region of Arizona can Hoary Bats be found?

    • Tori Bruce

      March 29, 2020 | Reply

      Hi, Hoary bats like areas that are undisturbed by people. So they are not as likely to be the bats roosting in your attic. In Arizona, they are found in National Parks and in other less populated areas.

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