Bats have had a bad reputation for quite a long time. Old tales, books, movies, tv, and publicity have induced individuals to develop misconstrued notions about bats. Would you like mosquitos? Bats do! And they eat all of them so that mosquitos are not eating you at your backyard cookout celebration. Apart from insect control, bats play a major role in our environment. It’s necessary to always respect bats, and understand that they are innocent mammals that only want to survive.
For this reason, it is vital that you don’t ever harm, trap, or kill wild bats. In fact, it is illegal in many states without the proper licenses and permits. If you’re fearful of bats, or possess a misguided perception of them, continue reading to learn some common myths and possibly change your mind about bats once and for all!
Bats Consume Blood
All bat species but one are insectivores or fruit eaters. There’s only one bat species which consume the blood of other animals, and to no surprise, this bat species is known as the Vampire Bat, or Desmodus rotundus. But don’t be confused; Vampire bats don’t kill their host, they just consume enough blood to get a meal. It doesn’t 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.
They are not likely to attack humans and animals, despite what some films 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 the reason why pets are typical victims of these 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 aren’t blind at all. In fact, Megachiroptera (tropical fruit bats) have pretty good eye sight as they have a pronounced visual cortex. Even though Microchiroptera have smaller eyes, they can still see just fine. They don’t use echolocation solely to navigate. They mostly use it to hunt for insects.