shared Myths About Wild Bats
Bats have had a bad reputation for a long time. Old tales, books, movies, television, and publicity have caused people to develop misconstrued notions about bats. The truth is, bats are incredibly important to our surrounding eco-system. Do you like mosquitos? Bats do! And they eat all of them so that mosquitos aren’t eating you at your backyard cookout party. Aside from insect control, bats play a major role in our ecosystem. It is important to always respect bats, and understand that they are innocent mammals that only want to survive.
For this reason, it is important that you never harm, trap, or kill wild bats. In fact, it is illegal in most states without the proper licenses and permits. If you are scared of bats, or have a misguided perception of them, continue reading to learn some shared myths and perhaps change your mind about bats once and for all!
shared BAT MYTHS:
Bats Consume Blood
All bat species but one are either insectivores or fruit eaters. There is only one bat species that consume the blood of other animals, and to no surprise, this bat species is called the Vampire Bat, or Desmodus rotundus. But do not be mistaken; Vampire bats do not kill their great number, they simply consume enough blood for a meal. It does not harm or hurt the great number at all (although sometimes their bites can get infected and cause problems with the great number), which typically include livestock animals like cows, horses, and goats.
Bats Will Attack You
Bats are more scared of you than you are of them. They are not likely to attack humans and animals, despite what some movies have shown you. The only time a bat will attack is if it is rabid with the Rabies virus, or if is it provoked. Provocation will especially cause mother bats to defend their young. This is why pets are shared victims of such attacks. They are disinctive and just want to take a whiff of a mother bat, but she is in no mood. This is one reason why pet vaccinations are so important. If you find one, do not 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 fact, Megachiroptera (tropical fruit bats) have pretty good eye sight because they have a distinct visual cortex. Although Microchiroptera have smaller eyes, they can nevertheless see just fine. They do not use echolocation solely to navigate. They mostly use it to hunt for insects.