Bat Facts

Bats have been linked to macabre and scary stories for centuries now. You have probably seen them used in all sorts of horror movies in creepy abandoned houses. They were initially used in Dracula, when the infamous vampire was depicted as being able to turn into a bat. While bats are known for living in dark, kind of creepy places, such as caves or abandoned houses; they are rarely aggressive and are actually very docile animals.

There are over 1000 different types of bats that you can find from all over the world. They are mammals, and are actually the only mammals that are truly capable of flight. While bats are accused of being terrible blood sucking monsters, this is not true at all - unless you’re thinking about the Vampire Bat, which do actually suck the blood from their victims. Most species of bats thrive off of insects or occasionally fruit. Also if you’re a fan of tequila - which I’m sure we all are - then you have the bats to thank as they are one of the main pollinators of the blue agave plant.

With so many different bat species scattered all over, how are you going to be able to narrow down what type of bat you have in your home? Often, bats will stick to a set area or climate, depending on their species. So you should be able to narrow your search down by what bats are common in your area. However, as a general idea, there are about 40 different species of bats which are commonly found in the United States, the two most common are the Mexican Free Tailed Bat and the Virginia Big Eared Bat.

Bats will travel in large colonies, which makes finding a solo bat very rare. These colonies are so large that they can sometimes reach numbers in the thousands. This makes it very uncommon to find just one bat in your home, unless he accidentally got separated from his colony.

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