Bats are the only mammals that are able to fly naturally, and the animals generally eat insects of all types. Some of the critters have a wingspan that exceeds five feet; however, the average wingspan of bats in Florida is less than 7 inches. Currently, more than 45 species of bats are native to the United States.
The Natural Abilities of Bats
The critters do not have night vision, yet they are able to catch flying insects by utilizing echolocation. Bats share this ability with several other types of mammals, such as whales and dolphins.
The animals fly at an average speed of 15 miles per hour, and bats can reach a height of 10,000 feet. A recent study showed that the animals have the ability to travel 250 miles during one night.
Problems and Risks
The droppings of bats sometimes contain fungi that may cause histoplasmosis, which is a disease that can affect the lungs. Many bats also carry rabies, and more than 90 percent of people who have contracted rabies in the United States had been bitten by a bat.
The animals have especially tiny teeth, and when they bite a human, the individual will usually experience tingling. An extensive analysis showed that approximately 65 percent of patients who have been bitten by a bat did not realize that they had come into contact with the animal.
Bats prefer to use entrances that are positioned at least 8 feet from the ground. In order to deter the animals from crawling into a house, our business can secure trim that has become loose, add sealants to cracks in a home’s walls and install large netting on a damaged roof.
If bats have infested a home, our experts will stand near the house in order to locate the entrances that the critters are using. The animals commonly crawl through chimneys, fans, vents, gaps in the roof and crevices that are next to windows. Once these openings have been found, our company can install thick weatherstrips, screens and especially durable cloth. Unlike rodents, bats will not typically chew through materials in order to reach a home’s interior.
Analyzing the Impact of Bats
Bats indirectly protect crops and other plants by tremendously reducing the number of insects that are present in Florida. During the summer months, the amount of bats in the state drops substantially because many of the animals migrate to the northern regions of the United States in the spring. Consequently, Florida’s current laws only allow experts to perform exclusion between September and March.
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