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Everything You Need to Know About Bats
What is a Bat?
Bats are nocturnal, carnivorous, furry warm-blooded mammals. There are more than 1,200 species of bats. Their fingers are attached by a membrane of skin called the patagium which allows them to fly. Depending on the species of bat, their wingspan can vary from 6 inches to over 5 ft. Since their legs are not as large as those of birds, bats hang upside down in order to take flight. Hanging upside down also allows them to hide from predators. Bats use echolocation to hunt their prey and mostly capture their prey while in flight.
Fun Bat Facts
Did you know that the phrase “as blind as a bat” is not true? Bats have very small sensitive eyes which allow them to see better at night—possibly even better than humans! Bats are unique in that they are the only flying mammal. They are also very beneficial to our environment. Bats are responsible for pollinating over 700 kinds of plants. They are great pest control providers. Bats eat many mosquitoes and other insects – in fact, they eat greater than 70% of their body weight in insects each night. The number of insects eaten greatly reduces the amount of money spent on insecticides for crops. Without bats, our variety in food would not be as vast and our grocery bills would probably be higher!
Bats are protected due to the decline in population over the past few decades. Protecting their reproduction cycle is very important to help increase their population especially since they are one of the slowest reproducers in the world. Bats mate in the Spring because the temperatures become warmer and there is ample food available. They can have multiple litters each year, but only 1 pup is born at a time. Like humans, it is possible for bats to have twins, but also not very common. When they are born, their wings are not fully developed and must rely on their mom for food. Their mom will naturally provide milk and shelter with her body. Each species of bat takes a different amount of time to develop their wings and be completely independent – this time can be anywhere from 1.5 to 4 months.
Bats can be found in mostly any habitat aside from the Arctic with tropical areas having the most varieties in bat species. They are found in both urban and suburban areas. They utilize trees, caves, bridges, chimneys, attics, and other dark areas to roost. Bats will continue to utilize our homes and buildings as destruction to their natural habitat continues.
Call your Trutech Wildlife Professional at 855-854-2679 for more information on bats!