Facts About Flying Mammals: The Dark Dwelling And Upside Down Bat
The * Bats gestation period is from 40 days to 6 months. Afterward, they give birth to a newborn called a pup.
* Their average lifespan ranges from 20 to 30 years.
* Dimensions varies from species to species. The largest bat is the giant golden flying fox. With a wingspan of 15-17 cm and weight of 1.2 kg, it forms as the largest bat in bat kingdom. The smallest bat is the bumble bee bat. It has dimensions of 29 to 33 cm and weighs about 2 grams.
* Most bats feed on insects but some feed on small insects such as butterflies, flies, moths while vampire bats feed on the blog and a few are carnivorous such as the vampire bat that feeds on livestock blood. Others eat fruit as their top diet.
* They use echolocation to detect insects and navigate obstacles.
As a wildlife nuisance
Bats are beneficial since they can help control pest insect population such as mosquitoes that they can consume hundreds to thousands in a single day. They become a nuisance when they start about human homes or buildings as their own.
Bats can often find themselves in human habitats such as houses, apartments, and buildings. Because of they are small, they can crawl into very narrow spaces as small as 1 cm. They can roost in shingles and start making colonies. When they finally set up a colony, they become the nuisance because of their droppings and noises.
Also, they can carry diseases such as rabies and henipavirus, other zoonotic diseases through their bites and droppings.
* Vampires are scary, and they exist in the form of vampire bats that consume blood meal. They have very sharp teeth that can puncture cattle skin. Contrary to vampires sucking blood, they lick blood instead. Vampire bats usually bite cows and pig and other livestock animals but will sometimes attack humans when blood source is scarce.
* The largest bat was the flying fox. With the wingspan of 1.5 to 1.8 meters and weight of 998 grams, It resembles a small fox with wings. They eat fruits, leaves, pollen, and nectar.
* To prevent reentry and colonization of bats have repairs for shingles, soffits, gutters and eaves since they use these as entry points. Proofing of shingles and gutters can help and deny bats of access points.
* Contact a reliable wildlife company that specializes in humane bat removal and bat proofing of house entry points.
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