Bats have had a bad reputation for quite a long time. Old tales, books, movies, tv, and publicity have induced individuals to develop misconstrued notions about bats. Do you like mosquitos? Bats do! And they eat all these so that mosquitos aren’t eating you at your backyard cookout celebration. Aside from pest control, bats play a significant part in our environment. It is necessary to always respect bats, and understand that they’re innocent mammals that only need to survive.
Because of this, it is important that you never harm, trap, or kill wild bats. In actuality, it’s illegal in most states without the proper licenses and permits. If you’re fearful of bats, or have a misguided perception of them, continue reading to find out some common myths and perhaps change your mind about bats once and for all!
Bats Eat Blood
All bat species but you’re insectivores or fruit eaters. There’s only 1 bat species that consume the blood of different animals, and to no surprise, that this bat species is known as the Vampire Bat, or Desmodus rotundus. But don’t be confused; Vampire bats don’t kill their host, they simply consume enough blood to get a meal. It doesn’t harm or hurt the host at all (although sometimes their snacks can get infected and cause problems with the host), which normally consist of livestock animals like cows, horses, Opossum Feces and goats.
Bats are more scared of you than you are of them. They are unlikely to attack humans and animals, regardless of what some films have shown you. The only time a bat will attack is if it’s rabid with the Rabies virus, or if is it provoked. Provocation will especially cause mother bats to shield their young. This is why pets are typical victims of these attacks. They are curious and just want to take a whiff of a mother bat, but she’s in no mood. This is one reason why pet vaccinations are so important. If you find one, don’t touch it or try to move it with something.
They are not blind at all. In fact, Megachiroptera (tropical fruit bats) have pretty good eye sight as they have a pronounced visual cortex. Although Microchiroptera have smaller eyes, they could still see just fine. They don’t use echolocation solely to navigate. They mainly use it to hunt for insects.