Bats – There are about 1,240 species of bats throughout the world, and they come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Florida is home to thirteen species, some year round residents, and some seasonal residents.
They are the only mammal naturally capable of true and sustained flight. Classified by scientists into a unique group called Chiroptera, which means hand wing, they literally fly with their hands. Their wings are like our hands, but they have longer fingers with a tough thin membrane between each finger.
About 70% of them eat insects. A single bat can eat it is weight in insects every night, and most others are fruit eaters.
Contrary to Popular Belief:
- Bats are not blind, but many species have a highly developed sonar capabilities, which they use in total darkness to navigate and catch insects.
- Bats do not attack people. They are actually very timid and usually ignore humans.
- Bats are not flying rodents.
- There are no Vampire bats located in the United States. They have been found in southern Mexico, Central and South America. They do not suck blood, they make small scratches with their sharp teeth, then lap it up.
- The most common belief is that all bats are rabid. Studies show that less than one percent of bats contract rabies and if they do, they die within three or four days. Usually they do not become aggressive, but if they end up on the ground or somewhere they do not belong, and you try to handle them, they could lash out in self defense by biting or scratching, and transmit the disease. Never handle bats with your bare hands!
If you have issues with bats, contact a professional. We are highly trained, and equipped to handle your situation.