There are sooooo many false facts about bats out there. Too many in fact. I thought I would post some of the main ones here. I have also included links to articles with even more information. Please take time to read and enjoy them!
Bat will fly into your hair FALSE! Bats use echolocation to get around. This prevents them from flying into things.
Bats are good for the environment and the ecosystem! TRUE! The bat population helps to control flying pests such as mosquitoes.
Bats turn into vampires! FALSE! This is a thing of fiction. Movies such as Dracula helped to fuel this myth.
Bats are flying mammals. TRUE! Not only are they mammals and I’m sure not everyone will agree with me, but I think they are adorable!
All bats carry rabies. FALSE Yes, bats can carry rabies and if you are bitten, scratched or come into contact with a bat you need to get a rabies shot. However, not all bats are carriers. Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
They are blind. FALSE! Bats use echolocation to navigate and find food, but they can also see and have well developed eyes.
Bats are bad luck! FALSE! In fact, I personally think, if you see one, you are truly lucky!
Type of bats: Large Brown bats
No. Mosquito bites: 0
Here is a link I’ve created to all of our bat sightings.
Important: Do not handle bats. They can carry the rabies virus. Only those who have been properly vaccinated and have knowledge of bats should be handling them. If you find a bat in your home call a bat rescue. Do not call an exterminator, call a rescue. Bats are important for our environment. I have links below for rescues.
Types of bats in Ontario: https://onnaturemagazine.com/bat-guide.html
High Park Nature Centre: https://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=Mammals.Bats
Bat rescues: http://www.ontariowildliferescue.ca/wildlifecentres/?care=bat