Be honest. When you think of bats, you might shiver a little bit. Maybe you just roll your eyes. Whatever your reaction, most likely, it is negative. There does not seem to be many reasons to love bats.
At CP Bat Mitigation, we understand not wanting bats in your home or barn. However, we also want everyone to know how important they are and that there are some things to love about bats!
If you think you have bats in your house or business, call CP Bat Mitigation today. We will inspect the property and safely and humanely remove any bats we find. We will also ensure they don’t come back.
1. Bats Are Unique And Fun To Study
Bats are one of the most unique animals on Earth. How many other flying, nocturnal mammals can you name?
Bats have been around for a very long time. Plus, they exist all over the world. Read through historical or ancient texts, and you will see countless references to these flying creatures.
Taking a trip anywhere in the world will pretty much guarantee you are near some kind of bat. In fact, the only places you will not find bats are the Arctic and the Antarctic. Scientists know of only a few islands where bats don’t live, also.
It is incredible to think about how many bat species there are and how they have evolved. Plus, studying bats is a fun family activity. An evening hike or a campout in the right area will result in seeing hundreds if not thousands of bats.
2. You Can’t Hate A Relative
Did you know humans are related to bats? In fact, bats are more similar to humans than rodents. Scientists have come up with an animal they think all mammals descended from, this interesting creature.
It turns out bats are not just flying rodents.
3. There Are Too Many Bats To Count
Of all the mammal groups on Earth, bats are the second largest. There are more than 1,300 species of bats known to us. Bats are an incredibly diverse group of animals, as well.
Bats can eat anything from fruit and nectar to insects to meat and blood. However, there are only three species of bats that drink blood, and they mainly go for livestock.
Bats can also range in size from the six-inch wingspan of the bumblebee bat to the flying fox’s six-foot wingspan.
Bats live in anything from caves and trees to bridges and people’s homes. Bats also live in colonies of various sizes: some only a couple and others in the millions.
Finally, bats look incredibly different from each other, depending on the species. Some are small and cute with turned-up noses, and others are large and scary looking.
4. They Are Natural-Born Exterminators
If you don’t like bugs and don’t want them around your house, eating your plants, and biting your family, you should never complain about bats. Bats eat an astounding amount of bugs.
Farmers LOVE bats. Because bats eat so many bugs that attack crops, farmers can use fewer pesticides. Bats save humans billions of dollars in pest control every year. If you want your garden and yard to look fantastic, welcome any bat you see.
5. They Are Natural-Born Fertilizers And Gardeners
Bats are essential to our ecosystem. They pollinate flowers, very similar to bees. The species of bats that drink nectar will transfer pollen from plant to plant, ensuring pollination every year. Many of the things we love to eat rely on bats for regrowth, including dates, figs, bananas, and more.
Bats also eat fruit. As they poop out seeds, new plants can grow. Because bats generally fly away before they poop, the seeds can germinate in a new area. These seedlings have a better chance of survival because they aren’t competing with a mature plant for resources.
6. Speaking Of Poop…
Bat guano (their poop) contains an assortment of essential nutrients for plants. Bat guano contains nitrogen, potassium, and phosphate; each of these is needed for plants to grow healthy and produce.
Many people use bat guano in their gardens. Who knew?
7. Not All Bats Are Hibernators
When people think of bats, just like bears, they often think of hibernation. While many bats do find a warm and dry place to hibernate in the cold months, some species migrate looking for warmer temperatures and food.
8. Bats Have Very Few Natural Predators
A few predators will eat bats, like owls, hawks, or snakes. However, the most common and most significant threat to bats is disease.
White-Nose Syndrome is a fungus that affects hibernating bats. This disease is noticeable by a white fungus that grows on the muzzle of bats as well as their wings. White-Nose Syndrome has been found in about 35 states and parts of Canada.
This is a serious problem as more than six million bats have died from this disease. The worst part is that humans are helping spread the disease. If you are ever near where bats hibernate, ensure you decontaminate anything you bring with you, like shoes, clothes, and bags.
9. Bats Are The Only Flying Mammal
There are other mammals that claim to fly, like the flying squirrel, but bats are the only mammal that can truly fly. Other mammals can only glide through the air.
The bones in bat’s wings resemble human hands with a thin skin spread between them. These agile wings allow bats to maneuver in the air easily.
Call CP Bat Mitigation Today
If you think you have bats around your home or business, call CP Bat Mitigation today. We will come out for a free inspection. If there are bats calling your house home, we will find them.
If bats are found, we have the experience to remove bats safely. We use exclusion, so bats are not harmed. We will ensure bats are unable to return, as well.
Call CP Bat Mitigation today.