It’s a hard knock life for our little winged friends. They have a bad image with the public, and while some are afraid of them, they are not here to spread diseases or attack people.
At Central Plains Bat Removal we are here to help with the stigmas that our mammal friends face and inform the public that these fluffy guys need to be protected. If you find yourself with visitors in your home we will remove them and return them to their rightful homes.
Our flying friend’s existence is threatened by loss of habitat and disease. Many caves within the eastern and central United States used to provide safety for millions of hibernating bats. Today these caves are filled with a cold-thriving fungus that causes White-Noise Syndrome.
This disease will cause bats to wake from their winter hibernation and fly around, waste their winter fat reserves, and starve. Awful, right? One of the best ways to protect them is to remove the stigma around them and embrace touring bat caves.
When you support the bats through tourism, you provide an economic incentive to the community to sustain their bat population. Bats play an essential role in our ecosystems; some of their ecological functions are to pollinate and disperse seeds as well as eat copious amounts of insects and other anthropods.
We urge you to go out and see these majestic creatures for yourself, just make sure to do so responsibly. Add bat cave exploration to your bucket list do some research with bat conservation organizations to find the most sustainable and responsible viewing sites. Here’s a few of the best places to see bats in the world.
Bracken Cave, Texas
Bracken Cave is located in the Texas Hill Country, right outside San Antonio, and is the summer home to the world’s largest bat colony. Fifteen million Mexican free-tailed bats reside in the cave from March to October.
To protect the cave from the encroaching suburbs of San Antonio, Bat Conservation International (BCI) purchased the cave and 697 acres of surrounding land to preserve their natural habitat and ensure it would remain unaffected.
BCI holds events to allow visitors to witness the bats emerge (by the millions) for their nightly insect hunt. You can book with BCI to view this spectacular sight from mid-May to mid-September.
Congress Avenue Bridge, Texas
Located in Austin, Texas, the Congress Avenue Bridge stakes claim to the largest urban bat colony worldwide. After the bridges’ reconstruction in 1980, its crevices provided the perfect roosting location for bats. Austin residents reacted negatively to the 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats roosting in the bridge until they realized the free pest control they offered, eating anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 pounds of insects during their nightly hunt.
You can view the bats from the bridge itself, but crowds and traffic makes this option less desirable. Another way to see them is from the Statesman Bat Observation Center located across from the bridge.
The Capital Cruises and Lone Star Riverboat offer inclusive bat-watching tours during the season. If you’re more of the thrill-seeking adventure type, you can rent a kayak from Live Love Paddle and bat-watch from the river. Or book either the Four Seasons Hotel or The Radisson Hotel & Suites in downtown Austin and view the bat spiral from the comfort of your hotel room.
Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
This National park is home to seventeen different bat species. The one million Brazilian free-tailed bats (Mexican free-tailed bats) excite visitors by emerging to hunt for insects nightly. Although not all the bats roost in caves, the eastern red bats and hoary bats roost in trees while the Parastellus Hesperus (or canyon bats) roost on the cracks and cliffs of rocks.
The bats live in Carlsbad Caverns from April to October; however, the best time to watch their light is in July and August when pups (baby bats) join the mature bats for the nighttime hunts. To best protect the colony cave tours of the roost are not offered; however, the park provides a free nightly program from May to October to watch their flight.
Yolo Causeway, California
California’s largest colony of Mexican-free-tailed bats make their home in Yolo Causeway, which connects Davis and West Sacramento. You can view the nightly emergence by driving the causeway, but a safer and guaranteed alternative is taking a tour.
There are tours run by the Yolo Basin Foundation from June through September. There will be a presentation and then transported to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area to watch 250,000 winged creatures fly out for their dusk dinner.
Gunung Mulu National Park, Borneo
Gunung Mulu National Park is home to the Deer and Lang Caves and their numerous bats. There are more than twelve species of bats that live in Deer Cave, while the wrinkled-lipped free-tailed colony averages nearly three million alone.
The park holds three-hour daily tours to both caves. Deer cave is the bigger of the two, but Lang Cave’s smaller size creates a more conducive bat viewing experience. There is no obligation to tour the caves to see the evening out flight.
Kasanka National Park, Zambia
Kansanka National Park may be one of the smaller parks in Zambia but it’s one of the best places to see bats for a reason- between October and December, nearly 10 million straw-colored fruit bats migrate from Congo. They make their homes on one hectare (100 acres) of swamp forest, rightfully named Bat Forest.
Enticed by the newly ripened fruits that grow within the park, the bats roost in the trees during the day and begin their fruit feast at dusk. There are viewing platforms located throughout the forest to best watch this jaw-dropping event. You can book your stay at the cozy and homey Wasa Lodge.
Central Plains Bat Removal safely and humanely removes bats from your home to return them to the wild to eat insects and continue to provide a vital role in various ecosystems. Give us a call if you find these friendly mammals hanging out in your attic.
We will take the necessary steps to ensure that your home remains bat-free so you can enjoy them in their natural habitats.