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How do bats behave?

How do bats behave?

There are some 18 species of bat considered to be permanent Florida residents. All but 1 of these species are microchiroptera (micro bats). The remainder is a fruit bat, currently only found in Key West. An illustration of just how small these animals are is given below:

bathandThis is a Mexican Free-Tailed bat on the finger of John Greenwood, our Customer Consultant, Bats typically only need a very small gap through which to squeeze themselves into the structure of a building (as little as half an inch). Ironically, a large opening is less likely to attract them since their predators (hawks, snakes and owls) can also enter such areas.

Bats are nocturnal and are generally very shy and docile. They can live for 30-35 years and are extremely beneficial to the environment. Each animal can consume its own body weight in small flying insects (as many as 2-3,000, including mosquitos) in a single evening. Contrary to popular belief, they do not attack people and there are no vampire bats indigenous to the United States. Some species of bat are endangered and even those that are not are protected by the laws of the state of Florida. However, because they can roost in very large colonies (sometimes numbering in the thousands and tens of thousands) and as a result can cause serious problems for people, we are allowed to conduct a humane exclusion as we don’t want to or allowed to do bat extermination.

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