About Bats

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Bats Are The Best Insecticide


About 70 percent of the bat species world-wide feed almost exclusively on insects and because of that are extremely beneficial.

 

Did you know? One bat can eat between 600 and 1,000 mosquitoes and other insect pests in just one hour!

 

In addition to insects, bats can also feed on fruit, or even nectar and pollen. Fruit bats perform an extremely important function as seed dispersers. Nectar-eating bats are important pollinators. Many plant species depend almost entirely on bats for pollination.

Of the 45 species of bats found in the continental United States, six are listed as endangered. These species are the gray bat, Indiana bat, Ozark big-eared bat, Virginia big-eared bat, lesser long-nosed bat, and greater Mexican long-nosed bat.

Insect-eating bats may either capture flying insects in their mouths or scoop them into their tail or wing membranes. They then reach down and take the insect into their mouth. This results in the erratic flight most people are familiar with when they observe bats flying around in the late evening or around lights at night. Bats drink by skimming close to the surface of a body of water and gulping an occasional mouthful.

 

 

 

 

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