- Are bats protected?
- Has someone told you bats are endangered?
- Has another company scared you into believing bats are
- Ask the company to prove it.
In Iowa, the Big Brown Bat and Little Brown Bat, the ones most
likely to enter homes, are not protected in structures occupied
by humans. You can do what ever you want with them in your
house. Complete Wildlife Control uses humane methods for
bat control and this information is for homeowner use only.
This is the Iowa code from 2013:
481A.42 Nongame protected - exclusion.
Protected nongame species include wild fish, wild birds, wild
bats, wild reptiles, and wild amphibians, an egg, a nest, a dead
body or part of a dead body, and a product made from part of
a body of a wild fish, wild bird, wild bat , wild reptile, or wild
amphibian. However, nongame does not include game, fish
that may be taken pursuant to regulations established under the
Code or departmental rule, fur-bearing animals, turtles, or frogs,
as defined in this chapter. The commission shall designate by
rule those species of nongame which by their abundance or
habits are declared a nuisance, and these species shall not be
protected. Rules adopted shall include, but are not limited
to, a provision that states that any bat , except for the
Indiana bat , which is found within a building that is
occupied by human beings is not a protected nongame
[S13, §2563-q; C24, 27, 31, §1776; C39, §1794.005; C46, 50,
54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, §109.42]
83 Acts, ch 168, §6; 92 Acts, ch 1107, §1
Complete Wildlife Control uses humane methods for bat control
and this is for homeowner use only. Bats are only federally
protected if they are on the endangered species list, which in
Iowa, only the Indiana bat is. Complete Wildlife Control has
never found an Indiana bat inside a house.