Don’t feel bad if you’re afraid of bats. Heck, even Batman is afraid of bats! Good News: Macy’s Termite & Pest Control isn’t afraid of them. So, if you think you have these little critters playing havoc in your house, give us a call—we can help!
Although they truly are a pest when inside your home, in their native habitat, bats are quite useful to the environment. Here are some interesting bat facts:
Cool Bat Facts
- Florida is home to thirteen species of bats that are either year round or seasonal residents.
- Although some mammals can glide, bats are the only mammal that can truly fly.
- Bats literally fly with their hands!
- There are over 1,000 species of bats world-wide.
- Bats live all areas of the globe except Antarctica and the extreme desert regions.
- Bats eat a variety of things, including insects, fruit, nectar, fish and small vertebrates, but only three species feed on blood.
- The largest bat in the world is the Malayan flying fox, a fruit-eater. It can weigh over 2 ½ pounds and have a wing span of over 6 feet!
- The smallest bat is the Bumblebee bat of Thailand, an insect-eater, which weighs less than a penny and has a wing span of only 5 inches.
- Many species have highly developed ultrasonic bio-sonar capabilities, called “echolocation,” which they use to navigate and catch insects in total darkness…true bat powers!
As you can see, bats are pretty neat creatures. However, there are many myths and misconceptions about them. They often get a bad rap. Here are just a few common myths about bats.
- Bats do not attack people.
- They won’t get tangled in your hair.
- Bats are actually quite timid and basically ignore humans.
- Bats are not flying rodents.
- Bats are not blind!