At Central Plains Bat Removal, our 32 years of bat removal experience has given us great respect for these noble creatures. We firmly believe in bat conservation, which is why we are in the business.
It’s also why we follow humane wildlife removal principles to ensure that bats are moved to a safer place when possible, instead of being killed. Request a quote for your business, home, church, barn or other structure from Central Plains Bat Removal today!
Here are eight great reasons why you should make every effort to support bat conservation.
REASON 1: BATS ARE ENDANGERED.
A world without bats would be a sad, strange world indeed. Sadly, there are many species at risk of disappearing, and many that we simply know nothing about.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is recognized as the authority worldwide for looking at endangered species. The IUCN has assessed nearly 1,300 bat species and determined that:
- 24 species of bats are Critically Endangered
- 53 species of bats are Endangered
- 104 species of bats are Vulnerable
- 226 bat species are Data Deficient
REASON 2: BATS AREN’T DANGEROUS – THEY ARE MISUNDERSTOOD.
Bats have earned a bad reputation in much of the world – but they don’t deserve it. Popular cultural imagery often depicts bats as evil, blood-sucking and disease-ridden rats with wings. In reality, bats are gentle and harmless.
Let’s explore some more common myths about bats.
Myth: Bats are rodents.
Truth: Bats group all their own, called ‘Chiroptera’ (meaning hand-wing.)
Maybe we have the Germans to blame for this mix-up, as their word for bat – Fledermaus – literally translates to flying mouse.
Myth: Most bats have rabies.
Truth: Less than ½ of 1% of all bats are infected annually
There is no denying that rabies can be a seriously scary disease to contract. But luckily, the chances of you getting infected from a bat are very, very small. More people die annually from contact with household pets than have died from contact with bats in all recorded history.
According to BatWorld.org, less than two humans die each year from bat rabies in the United States. In the world, more than 30,000 people die from rabies every year. An astonishing majority, 99%, of these deaths result from contact with a dog infested with rabies..
Myth: You can get rabies from touching a bat.
Truth: Rabies is transmitted through bites.
The CDC has recorded rare cases of rabies transmission from saliva transference into human’s open wound or mucous membranes, such as in your mouth, nasal cavity, or eyes. However, rabies is nearly always passed through bites. You cannot get rabies from touching a bat or its excrement (but you should still never handle a bat).
REASON 3: BATS ARE KEYSTONE SPECIES.
According to National Geographic, “a keystone species helps define an entire ecosystem. Without its keystone species, the ecosystem would be dramatically different or cease to exist altogether.”
Bats maintain keystone status in many different ecosystems. Their versatility as pest control, pollinators and seed dispersers make them integral parts of their natural habitats.
Bat Conservation International notes that the iconic baobab tree – often referred to as the African Tree of Life – depends almost exclusively on pats for pollination. The loss of this either of these species would change the African savannah irreparably.
REASON 4: BATS ARE NATURE’S PEST CONTROL.
Not all of the 1,500 bat species on Earth eat the same diet. Most bats are insectivores, meaning they eat beetles, moths, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, flies, crickets and more. Insect-eating bats eat billions of tons of insects each summer.
Bats can be a huge help to organic farmers. Because they eat more than half of their body weight in bugs each night, bats make pest control look effortless. A properly installed bat house to rest in and a convenient water supply is all bats need to do their jobs happily.
REASON 5: BATS ARE POLLINATORS.
Bats are the cleanup hitters of the pollinator world. Most birds and bugs are attracted to bright colors and strong floral scents. But nectivorous bats prefer less gaudy flowers, which may not be as pretty, but are full of life-sustaining syrup.
Even though bats are VIPs (Very Important Pollinators) they don’t get as much credit – perhaps because they always work the night shift. Their hairs catch the pollen and transfer it onto each flower as they sip from and flit back and forth in the dark.
In fact, some plants that only bloom at night have developed a symbiotic relationship with bats. Their flower shape has evolved in such a way that only specific types of bat tongues can reach their nectar, and their petals reflect energy so bats can locate them using echoes.
REASON 6: BATS ARE FARMERS.
Some bats are frugivores, meaning they eat fruit, seeds and flower pollen. Old World Fruit bats, also known as Megabats or Flying Foxes, love to eat figs, mangoes, dates, bananas, and peaches.
Fruit bats are effective farmers because they are messy eaters. They pierce the skin of the fruit with small sharp teeth and then proceed to chew the fruity flesh and drink the juice before spitting out the seeds and peel.
They also spread seeds through their feces, known as guano, which acts as a natural fertilizer. The excrement helps the seeds germinate in the soil and grow into new plants and trees.
REASON 7: BATS ARE SLOW TO REPRODUCE.
Unfortunately, bats reproduce incredibly slowly, one of the slowest on earth. Bats have somewhat unusual mating habits compared to other mammals. Most bats will only give birth to one live young each year, and a mother bat will nurse her baby for a few months until it can fly. A bats lifespan can be anywhere between 14 and 40 years.
REASON 8: BATS ARE ADORABLE.
We know, this is not a popular opinion. But we truly think that if you give bats a chance, you’ll see that they are adorable. Bats are also very clean – much like cats, they spend a ton of time grooming their fur to keep it soft.
Leave it to the Experts
Let the professional experts at Central Plains Bat Removal help you with all your bat removal needs. Remember, bats are wild and should never be handled by people without experience or protection.