Bats and Halloween go together like — well — candy and Halloween. The world’s only flying mammal gives most humans a flutter of fear, and Halloween is all about thrills and fears.
Does your heart speed up when you see a bat flying outside your house? What about if you see one flying inside?
Those strange sounds coming from your walls or attic are more likely to be a bat than a ghost.
If you’re being haunted by bats this Halloween, don’t be afraid. Contact Central Plains Bat Removal today. We’ll assess your situation and provide a custom solution.
Bats can usually be evicted without poisons or other chemicals. A knowledgeable inspector will find the entrances bats are using to access your home. When the trespassers leave, we’ll lock the door behind them.
We’ll even come back and check our work after 6-8 weeks. If the problem isn’t solved, we’ll keep coming back until your property stays bat-free.
Bats and Halloween go together, at least partly because most people are scared of bats. Halloween is all about turning fear into fun.
But why are so many people scared of bats?
There are many myths about bats that have been flying around:
Have any of these things ever happened to you?
Bats should be treated with the same respect and caution as any other wild animal, but they aren’t out to get you.
The link between bats and Halloween dates back to at least the 1700-1800s when many Scottish and Irish immigrants arrived in the US.
By many accounts, Halloween (a Christian holiday — yes, really!) stemmed from the Gaelic holiday Samhain.
Samhain (which is pronounced sow-win) celebrates the completion of the harvest. It starts at sunset on October 31st. Some accounts state the holiday ends at the following sundown, but the festivities associated with it could go on for several days.
It was a big party.
This holiday is traditionally marked by a festival full of feasting, drinking, and bonfires.
Irish and Scottish immigrants arriving in the US in the 1800s carried out the Samhain celebration in their new home.
One theory suggests that the bonfires from these celebrations drew numerous bugs. Those bugs drew bats, who had their own feast.
Another idea was presented by Nate Fuller, a graduate student in Boston University’s bat biology program. He observed that several species of bats migrate in October and November, so this is a natural time of year for them to swarm.
Newly-arrived immigrants may have seen the migrating swarms during their celebrations and associated the animals with the holiday.
Bats may be associated with Halloween in part because they are nocturnal. Animals that are active in the dark of night are often associated with dark arts and death.
Consider also that bats frequently live in underground caves. The underground environment can be associated with burial and the underworld.
Many religions believe the spirits of the dead travel to the underworld. The underworld is under the ground — thus the name. People practicing these religions have historically buried their dead, sending their spirits closer to their final destination.
Bats are the mascot of Halloween. Despite their image, bats are not out to get us.
Bats eat the insects that harass people and damage crops. It would take about $3.7 billion in pest control chemicals to eliminate the insects that bats ingest.
Fruit-eating bats disperse plant and tree seeds wherever they go. They are responsible for over 95% of rainforest regrowth.
Bats also contribute to plant propagation when they eat nectar. Much like bees, as they go from one plant to another for a meal, they transfer pollen to new plants. The blue agave plant relies solely on bats for propagation.
This strange little mammal has also been the inspiration for several technological advancements. Engineers have created smaller, more efficient sonar navigational systems based on the model of the bat. The ‘squirrel suit,’ an aerodynamic jumpsuit designed for skydiving, originated with consideration of the bats’ membranous wings.
Bats are strange, wondrous, inspiring creatures. They are also wild animals, and they can do considerable damage if they have access to your home.
If you have found yourself hosting bats or are concerned you may have a problem, contact Central Plains Bat Removal today. We’ll inspect your property and provide a solution that everyone can live with.
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