Bats don’t always have a good reputation. We can understand why. They’re usually not cute or cuddly. The biggest concern is that bats can have rabies and other diseases.
Bats do have a lot of benefits to humans and the environment. Let’s review some of the reasons you shouldn’t be afraid of bats and should even support them. (Just not in your house)
But first of all…
Do bats bite people?
Bats can bite people, however, they are not aggressive animals and will almost never bite a human unprovoked. Almost 100% of people who are bitten by bats get bit because they picked up or tried to touch a sick or injured bat. Don’t attempt to pick up a bat!
Like many wild animals, bats will stay away from people when possible and have no interest in interacting with humans.
Bats also do not get stuck in people’s hair, despite what you may have seen in TV and movies. It makes for a funny visual but in real life, a bat will never fly close enough to you to get in your hair.
Related: How to get bats out of the house
Benefits of Bats
- Insect control
- Seed dispersal
- Bat guano used as fertilizer
- Food source for predators
- Support balanced ecosystems
Insect control – Bats are outdoors every evening feeding on thousands of bugs. Bats can eat a thousand insects or more in a single hour. They eat nuisance insects such as mosquitos and also many insects that destroy farmers crops and your own backyard garden.
Pollination – Over 300 species of fruit depend on bats for pollination. Illinois bats may not be fruit pollinators but they may pollinate fruit from some of the trees you eat.
Seed dispersal – Especially in parts of the world with rain forests, bats are critical for dispersing seeds across the forest and its outskirts.
Fertilizer – Bat guano (feces) has been used as a fertilizer for centuries and is very rich in nutrients.
Food source – Hawks, owls, and falcons all feed on bats as a food source.
Ecosystems – Besides keeping insects in check above ground, many insects, fish and other creatures that live only in caves depend on bat guano as a source of nutrients.
To have a professional remove bats or any unwanted animal from your home or business, call tel:847-464-1861
Related bat benefit resources:
The Vampire Bat (movie) – Wikipedia
Top 5 Benefits of Bats – Birds and Blooms
Benefits of Bats – National Park Service
Bats and Bat Exlusion – Illinois Dept of Public Health
What You Thought You Knew About Bats is Probably Wrong – BatWorld
How to Use Bat Guano as Fertilzer – Gardening Know How