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Learn More About Bats: Are Bats Friendly To Humans?

Tiny flying brown bat licking a bent flower in mid flight.

Bats generally get a nasty rap but are bats friendly to humans? Vampires, bites, and disease come to mind, which inclines some to fear animals. 

Here’s the good news! Bats aren’t horrible creatures out for your blood! They are passive, gentle, and fascinating creatures who MUCH prefer insects, not you.

If you feel you have bats roosting in your home or attic and want to know more about them, visit CP Bat Mitigation before you reach for poison or traps (don’t do it!). The flying mammals rarely bite. 

They are only aggressive when they’re frightened or provoked. While you should always treat any bat you come into contact with as a wild animal, they are gentle.

Everyone at CP Bat Mitigation knows that the first step to species preservation is a desire to learn. If we understand how significant these furry flyers are, we can understand why we must do whatever we can to ensure their survival.

They Have Some Benefits

  • Bats are nature’s insect control. They eat mosquitoes all night long, binging on moths, wasps, beetles, gnats, midges, mayflies, and other insects. 
  • Guano is another name for bat droppings. It is beneficial for your garden! Guano is rich in nitrogen, so it makes an excellent fertilizer! 
  • They are pollinators. They move pollen grains to and from plants and flowers. 
  • They help distribute the seeds of various flowers and plants. 
  • When the Confederate Army was low on gunpowder, caves were raided for poop. Bat guano’s high nitrate content provided an essential ingredient for the production of gunpowder.

Are bats friendly to humans? Well, bats and humans have been coexisting for 50 million years! This ongoing relationship benefits both species in a non-invasive, non-aggressive way.

Bats Offer Free Pest Control

Bats are known as keystone species, which means they are crucial to the continued health and survival of the habitat where they live. Without keystone species, the ecosystem where bats exist would be dramatically affected or cease to exist altogether.

How does this translate to you? Here in the Midwest, we have a common enemy: mosquitos! They are the bane of every summer outdoor experience. 

Guess who eats a megaton of mosquitos? Bats! The brown bat is common in North America, and these insectivores can catch up to 600 insects an hour, or a third to a half of their body weight! 

In addition to mosquitos, these mammals eat beetles, moths, and other flying insects. Once their prey is caught, these fearless flyers transfer their catch to their mouth. While in flight!

Having a bat house on your property is an excellent way to decrease your immediate area’s mosquito population. What’s better than FREE pest control?

About The Echo, Echo, Echo…

Bats are extraordinary creatures and are essential to your local ecosystem.

Bats are the only mammals that can fly, and they use a super-cool technique to hunt their prey. It’s called echolocation, and it’s how they navigate in the dark. These creatures don’t have excellent eyesight, which is why you’ve heard stories of them diving at people or getting stuck in their hair. Hey, they were going after its prey, not you! 

These flying mammals produce a sound at a frequency that is undetectable to human ears. When the sound hits an object, the noise reflects back to them. Echolocation is so precise that these animals can detect something as small as a mosquito or as delicate as a strand of human hair blowing in the breeze.

The little flying foxes use echolocation for hunting thousands of bugs—every night. Most species feed on insects and other small critters, but few also eat plant pollen, fruit, and fruit nectar. 

Where Are Their Habitats?

Most bats are about a mouse’s size and use their tiny teeth and weak jaws to grind up insects.

The little brown bat, our most common bat species, hibernates in caves and mines. You can find them roosting in caves, mines, hollow trees, tree bark, and buildings during the summer months.

If you want to make bat viewing part of your next vacation, here’s a list of bat viewing sites located around the world! Did you know that the Flying Fox Bat is the world’s largest bat? While the Bumblebee Bat is the smallest.

Suppose you don’t want to travel worldwide to see them. In that case, the Minnesota Zoo features the Egyptian Fruit Bat, the Ruwenzori Fruit Bat, and the prominent and more visible Straw-Colored Fruit Bat.

If you need to tend to a small, injured brown bat, use leather gloves or something sturdy enough to protect your hands. Or? Call the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota. 

They’re the experts on all of our local wild animals. Great, and small.

They Need Our Help!

Since 2006-2007, we have lost bats, in devastating numbers, to white-nose syndrome. And as of 2020, this disease (NOT transferable to humans) continues to attack the bat population, causing catastrophic losses.

White-nose syndrome was confirmed in bats hibernating at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park …as of 2020, the bats hibernating at Soudan Underground Mine and Mystery Cave have declined by 93% and 94%, respectively.” – Minnesota DNR.

More than ever, these animals need our help and care to recover and thrive. If you’d like information on how to install a bat house, CP Bat Mitigation has tips and expert advice.

So, Are Bats Friendly To Humans? They Are Your Friend, Not Your Foe

These creatures continue to be wildly misunderstood and mistreated. Now that you are aware these animals are friendly to humans, you can become part of the international bat preservation team from your backyard! Then sit back and enjoy the many benefits these winged creatures bring to your property. 

Make a fun game of counting bats at sunset with your kids, and try to guess how many nasty mosquitos they’re eating! 

CP Bat Mitigation will enjoy talking to you and busting some myths and common misinformation about bats. They understand the essential role these creatures play and how beneficial they are to you outside of your home, of course.

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