Bats have had a poor reputation for a long time. Old tales, books, movies, television, and publicity have induced people to develop misconstrued notions about bats. Would you like mosquitos? Bats do! And they eat all them so that mosquitos are not eating you in your backyard cookout celebration. Aside from insect control, bats play a significant part in our environment. It is necessary to always respect bats, and understand that they’re innocent mammals that only want to survive.
Because of this, it’s vital that you don’t ever harm, trap, or kill wild bats. In actuality, it’s illegal in most states without the appropriate licenses and permits. If you are fearful of bats, or possess a misguided perception of these, continue reading to learn some common myths and possibly change your mind about bats once and for all!
COMMON BAT MYTHS:
Bats Consume Blood
All bat species but you’re insectivores or fruit eaters. There is only one bat species which consume the blood of different animals, and to no surprise, that this bat species is called the Vampire Bat, or Desmodus rotundus. But don’t be confused; Vampire bats don’t kill their host, they simply consume enough blood for a meal. It does not hurt or hurt the host at all (although sometimes their snacks can get infected and cause problems with the host), which normally include livestock animals like horses, cows, and goats.
Bats are more scared of you than you are of them. They are unlikely to attack humans and animals, despite what some movies have shown you. The only time a bat will strike is if it is rabid with the Rabies virus, or if is it provoked. Provocation will especially cause mother bats to shield their young. This is why pets are typical victims of such attacks. If you find one, don’t touch it or try to move it with something. Keep your distance and call a wildlife removal company!
Bats Are Blind
They are not blind at all. In actuality, Megachiroptera (tropical fruit bats) have pretty good eye sight as they have a pronounced visual cortex. Although Microchiroptera have smaller eyes, they can still see just fine. They do not use echolocation exclusively to navigate. They mainly use it to search for insects.