Bats are among the most misunderstood creatures across the world. It may be because they hang upside down, or have long pointy teeth; or perhaps it’s the correlation with Dracula and vampires that have given bats their unfair stereotype. Rumors of rabies and disease alter people’s perception of this actually incredible and interesting mammal. If this has been your past perception, than maybe this article can change your mind!
Continue reading to learn some of the most interesting and fun facts about bats, including what you can do if they ever become a nuisance around your home or building.
🦇 Bats Are the Only Mammal Capable of True Flight.
Many people do not realize that bats are in fact, mammals. On top of that, they are the ONLY mammals on Earth that can actually fly (like a bird, not a squirrel). They have wings similar to the anatomy of a human hand, with elongated fingers connected by a stretchy membrane. They are amazing during flight. They are fast and swift, using propulsion to push forward using their airfoil thin wings.
🦇 A Bat Can Consume Over 1000 Small Insects in One Hour.
Bats have insatiable appetites and can eat up to 200 tons of insects each night. That is an average of 1,000 flying insects per hour. Not only is that a lot of feeding, it is excellent pest control for farmers and outdoor lovers, alike!
🦇 Echolocation is a Bio-Sonar System Bats use to Navigate Surroundings and Hunt for Prey
Bats are not blind, but they do not have great vision, especially in the dark. But in the dark is when they are awake and busy, so they have to use other methods of communication and navigation to get around. This is called echolocation. Bats emit beeps and then listen for the beep to bounce back off of a solid structure. Then they know where they are.
🦇 Bat Species Make Up Nearly 25% of All Mammals on Earth.
There are more than 900 species of bats in the world, all broken up into different categories and classifications. The Chiroptera Order is the first class in which bats are categorized. From there they are split into suborders, genera, and then species.
🦇 Vampire Bats Do Not Actually Suck Blood, and Never Bite Humans.
Three species of vampire bats are known to exist around the world. These three species of bats do not actually “suck” blood from other mammals. They will, however, lick it up after emitting a bite to a cow or other large warm-blooded animal.
Bat Removal and Control Near You
As you can see, bats are interesting and amazing creatures that are all too often misrepresented and misunderstood. Although bats deserve our respect and protection, they can sometimes be a nuisance to property owners. In this case, you need safe and humane bat abatement you can trust.
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