Below are some common myths that have contributed to a negative view of bats.
Myth: Bats are just flying mice. Truth: Bats are not rodents. Bats are classified in their own order of mammals called Chiroptera, which translates as “hand-wing.”
Myth: Bats aren’t necessary. Truth: Without bats, humans would be in trouble. Bats help control insect populations, reseed deforested land, and pollinate plants, including many that we eat. Researchers and scientists also learn from bats to improve medicine and technology.
Myth: All bats have rabies. Truth: Less than 1% of bats have rabies.
Myth: Bats get tangled in your hair. Truth: Bats don’t build nests and have little interest in our hair.
Myth: Bats attack people. Truth: Bats are afraid of humans and try to stay away from people as best they can
Myth: Bats suck blood. Truth: Most bats are insect-eaters. The one species of bat that does drink blood is the Vampire bat. Vampire bats live in Mexico, Central America and South America. Only 3 of the more than 1,300 kinds of bats in the world are Vampire bats.
Myth: Bats are pests. Truth: Bats are the ones that eat the pests–insects! One insect-eating bat can eat thousands of mosquito-sized insects in just one night.
Myth: Bats are dirty. Truth: Bats groom themselves just like cats and are very clean.
Myth: Bats are blind. Truth: All bats can see. Many types of bats have small eyes and use echolocation to navigate, but they aren’t blind.
We'd like to give a special thanks to The Organization for Bat Conservation for all of the hard work they do in taking care of these incredible creatures. Please click the link here to visit their website.
Mosquito season is in full swing and we know bats are amazing at putting a dent in those pesky insects but what else do you know? Come to our presentation and discover the natural history of bats, threats to bats, and how you can attract and interact with bats! Free doughnuts and coffee will be provided. Reservations requested but not required, 843-216-8800.