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IDENTIFYING BATS

Description

⦁ Bats are the topic of superstition and often feared in a lot of places around the world because they are known to fly at night, have a frightening appearance, and there are certain bat species which feed on animal blood.
⦁ There are over 1,200 species of bats that exist in the world 
⦁ Fewer than five of these species actually feed on blood
⦁ Most bats are insectivores which is incredibly beneficial to humans. Large bat colonies can eat up to 500,000 pounds of insects per night.
⦁ They often hunt common insects such as mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, beetles, and moths, by using their large ears as radar dishes in a process known as echolocation.

Appearance

⦁ The most commonly found species of bat in America are relatively small, with a wingspan ranging from 9–15 inches.
⦁ The little brown bat, big brown bat, Mexican free-tailed bat, pallid bat, and evening bat are the species most commonly seen by humans.
⦁ All of these bats share mutual characteristics such as broad-webbed hands/wings, sharp claws at the edge of their small legs, big ears, and high-pitched squeaks that they use to communicate and find their way around.
⦁ Their color ranges from light tan or yellowish to dark brown and black.
⦁ Most North American bats have small eyes and restricted eyesight.

Habitat

⦁ Bats often come together in large groups, ranging from hundreds to millions.
⦁ They use their feet to hold themselves upside down in the ceilings of caves, hollow trees, and buildings while sleeping.
⦁ Bats often awaken at dusk and fly out of cave mouths in large numbers.
⦁ They spend the night flying over open fields, deserts, and yards hunting for flying insects to eat.
⦁ They often prefer to rest water 
⦁ Due to their small legs that cannot support the weight of their bodies so they will rarely land on the ground.

BAT PROBLEMS

Entry

Are bats known to enter homes or yards?
⦁ Because bats enjoy safe, dark environments, they are commonly found in attics and barns
⦁ Hollow trees and bat boxes are other common places for the creatures to roost
⦁ Sightings of bats in buildings and gyms are more common during the summer months when bat pups are learning to fly and may accidentally enter through open doors and windows.

Damage

Do bats harm people or property?
 
⦁ Bats and humans can peacefully coexist.
⦁ One of the largest problems associated with bat populations is accumulation of droppings
⦁ Although prized in some areas for its fertilizing properties, bat guano can harbor dangerous fungal spores, such as histoplasmosis, which makes people sick.

BAT CONTROL

Control and Safety

⦁ Fewer than half of a percent of the bats population actually carry rabies.
⦁ Bats should never be picked up or grabbed without proper gear and training.
⦁ In order to keep colonies of the creatures from congregating in your attic, proper precautions should be taken to cover and seal all vents, holes, chimneys, windows, or gaps leading into your home.

Trapping and Removal

Since bats may carry disease, individuals should never approach them. Bats also bite and scratch when they feel threatened and can easily injure humans. Critter Control technicians are trained to humanely remove any bat problems plaguing residential and commercial properties.
We can help you get rid of bat problems.  Call your local Critter Control office today!
Bats in the belfry, attic, basement or chimney? Scratching or scurrying noises in the ceiling? Foul odors in your home? Critter Control can help eliminate bats in your home and prevent them from re-entry. Call your local Critter Control office today in Albuquerque or Sante Fe for effective bat removal services.