FAQ: Are Bats Dangerous

FAQ: Are Bats Dangerous

Hollywood’s use of bats in films to elicit terror among viewers has given these animals a bad reputation. Don’t judge a bat by its guest appearance in the movie that gave you nightmares when you were a kid. These creatures are quite harmless. No, they won’t suck your blood. The best tool to eliminate fear is knowledge, so we’re going to answer your question by teaching you a little bit about bats and why you might be seeing them in or around your home. We’re also going to talk about safe and humane practices for removing and preventing bats from moving into your home.

Bat Facts

Close-up Egyptian fruit bat

Leave your fears at the theatre. Despite the common misconceptions about these creatures, they’re animals that we should protect. We understand that fear comes from a lack of understanding so, here are a few facts that will grow your affection for the species.

Bats have a potential lifespan of 30 years.

  • They can fly fast at speeds up to 60pmh.
  • Bats hunt for their food at night. And no it’s not your blood. Those are mosquitos. Bats help keep those annoying buzzers away by eating them and other insects. They can eat more than 1200 mosquitos per hour. They find their prey by emitting a high pitched beeping noise and listening for echoes. Some bats have a sweet tooth and prefer fruit and nectar. They assist in pollination. The bats that people often fear are called Vampire bats. But, they don’t eat human blood, and you can find them mostly in Latin America. They prefer small rodents instead.
  • Over 50% of bats in the U.S. is considered endangered.
  • Bats hibernate and can even survive while enveloped in ice.
  • Bats usually only have one young per year, and they are called “pups.”
  • A bat’s fecal matter is called guano and is a remarkable fertilizer.

Why Are People So Scared?

Peter's Dwarf Fruit Bat hanging on the underside of a palm leaf

Bats are harmless but, people are still terrified of them. Aside from fiction, there is an actual phobia associated with bats. It’s called Chiroptophobia. Often the main fear associated with bats is getting rabies. However, rabies are not just limited to bats. Any animal can transfer disease through biting and clawing. We just tend to think of them in connection with bats.

We can connect the fear of bats to our startle reflex. You see, bats see humans as predators and are more afraid of you than you are of them. So, when you walk past them, they get scared and fly away, and it scares the unexpecting human. Most of the time they even leave their pups behind out of fear. Would you abandon your children because you’re scared of bats?

Myth Spoofed

Greater mouse-eared bat flying off at night

It’s no secret that people think of bats as frightening and dangerous. Numerous movies depict them as vampires, and they are fiercely involved in various Halloween decorations and events. In reality, people misunderstand bats. They are like flying puppies and are essential for our ecosystem. Bats have no interest in harming you. ,They aren’t aggressive, and there’s nothing for you to fear.

Why Bats Like To Live In Your Home

bats cozy in cave

Bats like your house for the same reasons you do. It’s warm, dry, and safe. Bats can be pesky but understand they’re just looking for shelter too. You could charge them rent, but all you’ll get is fewer mosquito bites and guano.

Benefits To Bats

Bat silhouettes in sunset time

If you have bats on your property, then you may not want them to go away. Sure, you don’t want them in your home but, they are versatile creatures who earn their keep by:

  • Controlling your insect population.
  • Dispersing seeds and contributing to pollination.
  • Fertilizing the soil.

So you see, bats can lower your summertime itch, grow your plants, and distribute seeds.

Don’t kick them completely off your property, build them their cozy little shelter and let them aid in the upkeep of your yard.

How To Safely Remove Bats

Small baby bat sitting on fingers.

There are several ways to remove bats safely and humanely. You can perform the extraction yourself but, do a significant amount of research and know your options before making a decision. Professional bat removal is probably the most efficient because the company you hire should be professionals who know what they’re doing. This option is one to consider if you’re afraid of them. Even though you might not like them, bats are shy and gentle creatures that deserve to be adequately handled and protected.

Some different approaches to removing a bat or bats in your home are:

  • Towel: Wait until the bat is low enough so that you can reach it and wrap it firmly in a towel and take it outside. Be sure not to hold it so tight that you inflict injury.
  • One Way Doors: One method to use to get a bat who’s overstayed its welcome out of your house is to install a one-way door. It will allow it to leave but not to come back.

If you have a colony of bats in your house, it’s best to let an expert handle the situation. When removing the bat, if they act fatigued, try to get them close to a tree when you set them free.

How To Prevent Them From Coming Back

worker attach metal sheet to the chimney to seal crack

To keep your unwanted house guest from returning make sure to block off his entrance. Seal up any holes that you may have in your roof or siding. Keep your doors and windows closed at night. Switch your outdoor lights with yellow light bulbs. They attract fewer bugs and won’t lure the bats towards your house.

Humans misunderstand bats. Despite the rumors, they are nothing to fear. They have many benefits and are vital to our ecosystem. Bats are shy and gentle and don’t prey on humans. Only small animals, bugs, nectar, and fruit. Over half of the bat population is endangered, and you need to handle them with care. If you have a bat problem call Central Plains Bat removal for safe and humane extractions.

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