BATS GET A BAD RAP!
Say the word "Bat" around someone loud enough, and watch their natural reaction to duck, cover their head and frantically look around. There is a natural tendency for people to be frightened by bats. Unfortunately, "Hollywood", has given bats a bad rap by commonly associating them with scary movies and vampires! Much myth and lore exist about bats, but the truth is that bats are very important to our ecosystem. There are over 1200 known species of different bats in the world. Most bats are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Many species share common characteristics such as they primarily eat insects (including mosquitoes) and some bugs, they self-groom, they sleep during daylight hours, they hunt and feed primarily at night, females typically only produce one "pup" or baby a year, they have very good echolocation systems (sonar radar) and most species have very fragile bodies and skeletal systems.
Since bats only produce one offspring a year, several species' populations have been in vast decline. In America alone, nearly 40% of bat species are listed as endangered or threatened. Because of the myths and stigma associated with bats, people tend to get very nervous and alarmed when they realize a bat has invaded their home or property. In light of that fact, most people don't realize that the bat is just as frightened as they are. They have typically entered through a small hole looking for insects or flew through an open window or door by mistake. The natural inclination is that the bat must go, IMMEDIATELY! Sometimes this hastiness by humans leads to an unhappy ending for the bat! Some common rudimentary methods for bat control include the bat being smashed with a broom or heavy object, trapped in a towel or blanket and crushed, stomped on, poisoned, shot or exterminated by a professional. Although these methods of bat control may prove successful for the home or business owner, in reality they are inhumane, unnecessary and harmful to our ecosystem! In many states killing a bat is unlawful and can carry a hefty fine!
Contrary to popular belief, less than 1% of all bats carry rabies. Most bats do not instinctively bite humans without being provoked or cornered. Most bats have very good eyesight and do not intentionally dive bomb into people's hair. Bats seldom transmit disease to other animals or humans. However, bat droppings or "guano" contains bacteria and may harbor fungal organisms. Bat guano can contaminate the soil and cause infectious spores to be released when the soil is disturbed. Histoplasmosis is one of the most common diseases that is a result of breathing the infectious spores from guano into our airways. Bat guano is typically only hazardous when found in large quantities caused by several bats.
Bat removal for one or two bats found in a home can safely be removed with a common sense approach that doesn't harm the bat. Do a Google search for bat control, bat repellent, bat removal, get rid of bats, electronic bat control or bat control devices and you'll find plenty of great educational resources to help you safely remove bats.