Did you know 70% of bats consume insects and small bugs, making them a natural form of pest control? While some people may think that’s not a big deal, IT IS! Since insects can damage crops and cause diseases, the death of bats would have an alarmingly large impact on our world. Bats can eat up to 1,200 mosquito-sized insects in one hour; accumulating about 6,000-8,000 insects every night. Not impressed? A group of a thousand bats could eat 4 tons of insects each year. How crazy is that! These types of bats are called Insectivores.
While not all bats are Insectivores. Other bats will eat fruit, nectar and pollen. Those types of bats are called Frugivores; also making them pretty important to forests and fruit-loving humans. As fruit bats stop to eat, the sticky yellow grains of pollen will stick to their fur and will be carried onto the next flower they visit. This is how bats pollinate flowers, then allowing trees to develop seeds and fruit. A surprising fact about bats is that bananas, mangoes and guavas are just some of the 300+ species of fruits that depend on bats for pollination.
But if all of that is not interesting enough, let’s talk about the blood-sucking vampire bats! These bats use their very sharp front teeth to puncture their prey and feed off their blood for what is known as their “liquid diet.” Although, they may not have to actually puncture their prey, as they would also feed off of a wound as well. However, don’t let their name fool you! Vampire bats only use their teeth to create a puncture wound, they do not use their teeth to suck blood. Instead, they use their tongue to lick up any blood that comes out of the wounds opening. Pictured below are the faces of the species of vampire bats. (From left to right; Desmodus rotundus, Diphylla ecaudata, and Diaemus youngi.)
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! With the exception of vampire bats, all other bats are found throughout much of North America and in most areas of the United States. They prefer safe environments shielding them from predators such as homes, church steeples, storage sheds, caves and trees.
If you would happen to hear or find bats in or around your home, do not be alarmed! Bats are not aggressive, just defensive. Pick up the phone and dial 262-242-4390, where you will be directed to Advanced Wildlife Control’s helpful receptionists.