Bats are some of the most interesting critters in the animal kingdom — but also some of the most misunderstood. Part of the reason bats are so startling to many people is because there’s so much mystery surrounding them. To help clear up some of the misconceptions and mystique surrounding these fascinating creatures, here are six facts you should know about bats and how to properly deal with bat removal.
Bat Fact No. 1: Bats are the only true mammal that can fly.
Bats are just the fourth creature in history to master the art of flight — succeeded only by insects, pterosaurs, and birds.
Bat Fact No. 2: Bats comprise almost 25% of all mammal species.
Of the 5,400 different mammal species in existence, over 1,200 are different species of bat.
Bat Fact No. 3: Vampire bats don’t actually suck blood.
Contrary to popular belief, vampire bats can’t suck blood through their teeth. They just use their teeth to cut the skin of their prey and lap up the blood, much like a dog lapping up water.
Bat Fact No. 4: Bats are an incredibly effective, natural form of pest control.
Because bats have a quick metabolism, they can often eat around 1,200 insects an hour. To put that in perspective, that’s about 1/3 of their body weight that bats are consuming in bugs and other crop-damaging pests every single hour. For this reason, bats are an important resource for our ecosystem.
Bat Fact No. 5: Bats live a very long time.
Unlike rats and other rodents, bats live upwards of 30 years in many cases.
Bat Fact No. 6: Bat populations are on the decline.
Over 50% of bat species in the United States are on the endangered species list. Though populations are decreasing, it still isn’t a good idea to have them in your home.
Our Proven 4-Step Safe and Legal Bat Removal
Because bats are a protected species, their removal requires professional care. Over the last 30 years, the professionals at Critter Control® of Orlando has developed a four-step process for 100% humane bat removal. Our CritterSafe® method includes:
- Inspection: One of our highly trained experts will inspect your property to determine the extent of your bat infestation and consult with you on removal methods that fit your budget and schedule.
- Removal: Once a method of removal is determined, our licensed and trained experts will safely and legally remove all bats from your premises using our humane CritterSafe® tactics.
- Repair: After all bats are removed, any property that the bats contaminated or damaged will then be repaired and restored to its original condition.
- Exclusion: To prevent bats from reentering your property, all points of entry will be sealed.
Critter Control of Orlando are Your Trusted Bat Removal Experts
If bats have been coming too close to your home, or if they’ve taken up residence in your attic, let the bat removal specialists at Critter Control® of Orlando help. Give us a call today at 407-295-7194 to schedule your free home inspection and get a personalized estimate.