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It's A Batty Summer

Have you been outside at night and been overcome with insects flying around you? During the evening hours you'll also see bats flying about as the kids are still playing outside after 8:30 at night because the sun doesn't completely set until 9:00. Just as we all enjoy the summer festivities, bats also enjoy the warmer weather and later hours. Those pesky insects are a bats buffet. Bats decrease the insect population by eating up to 1,200 mosquitoes within an hour. Think how many more pesky insects there would be without the help of bats.

Bats can find shelter in the attics of homes. Normally, bats are in a pack instead of just one alone when they bunker down in shelter. They don't ask for permission before moving in and they don't mind making a mess while they are there. They can enter the home by the smallest opening to the attic, 3/8 of an inch.

Here are some facts about bats you may not have known.

  1. They have few natural predators.

  2. Bats pollinate over 300 species of fruit. They spread seeds for nuts, figs, and cacao which are the main ingredients in chocolate. There would be no avocados, bananas, and mangoes.

  3. Some bats poop sparkles. Bats can eat their body weight in insects and the insects have exoskeletons made of shiny material called chitin.

  4. Bats are the only flying mammals.

  5. Their wings resembles a modified human hand.

  6. Some bat species can reach speeds over 100 mph.

  7. The longest living bat is 41 years old.

  8. Bats clean themselves as cats do.

  9. 80 types of medicines comes from plants that rely on bats.

  10. Bats have belly buttons. All mammals have navels because of their mom’s umbilical cord.

The urine and feces (guano) of the bat can be a big mess to clean up. Bat guano produces a lot of ammonia gas, which is poisonous, and can make you sick if you inhale it for an extended length of time. The more guano that continues to collect from the bats, the more gas is produced. When it comes to cleaning up the guano, there is a proper way to do it by leaving it to a licensed professional.

Elite Wildlife Removal will be more than happy to assist you with any of your nuisance wildlife pest needs. If you have seen a bat flying around your home or have heard noises within your attic, give us a call at 804-867-7184.

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