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4 Important Facts About the Little Brown Bats Role in the Ecosystem

Out of all the bat species that live in Canada, the little brown bat is probably the cutest and most well-known to people. Due to the clumsiness of these furry animals, close contact with humans occurs pretty often. That is why wildlife control companies are getting a lot of calls from frightened people who run into bats in their home. What many aren’t familiar with is that bat exclusion can have a very destructive impact on the ecosystem and you need professionals to remove these critters humanely. Although annoying to many homeowners, the little brown bat that weighs only seven to fourteen grams actually has a very important role in nature. Keep reading If you want to learn about four important facts about these animals.

The little brown bat is one of the more known types to roost in homes.

Little Brown Bats in the Ecosystem – 4 Important Facts

1. They Eat Large Quantities of Insects

By feeding on insects and other anthropods in large quantities, they actually control the insect population. They are able to eat up to 70% of their weight in insects whereas some pregnant females eat even more than that. By eating a high number of mosquitoes each night, they control their numbers and can even reduce the spread of malaria.

2. They are Food to Other Animals

Little brown bats are food to other animals like owls, falcons, and hawks. These animals depend on bats for their calories and survival. Raccoons are known to feed on bats as well, attacking them when they roost.

3. Control Agricultural Pests

These insectivores help to control various types of pests that cause damage to crops. They help maintain productive agricultural efforts by feeding on pests that cause damage to crops, as well as insects like wasps, cockroaches, termites etc.

4. Indicators of Environmental Changes

Since little brown bats are important parts of wildlife they can also be very good indicators of environmental changes. They are very sensitive to habitat fragmentation, agricultural infestation and landscape change just like other wildlife, which makes them great indicators of the overall health of wildlife in Canada.

Why Bat Exclusion On Your Own Could Be Unsafe

When you’re dealing with little brown bats in your house, it is always advisable to contact wildlife service professionals that are trained in humane bat exclusion. If one bat finds an attractive spot in your attic or elsewhere around the property, its other bat friends will likely arrive and before you know it, there will already be a small colony of them in your house. This may sound funny but can actually be quite annoying since they leave feces everywhere and can transmit harmful diseases as well. Little brown bats are known to carry rabies which is spread through saliva. They bite humans more than any other animals which is exactly why you shouldn’t try to remove them on your own. So, don’t try to come close to their dwellings without proper protection or if you absolutely cannot avoid it. Instead, consider a professional wildlife service like Skedaddle.

Troubled By Bats? Get in Touch with Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control

If you’re tired of cleaning after bats or living in fear of being bitten, contact Skedaddle and we will stop the bat infestation immediately. After have successfully removed the bats, we will make sure to double-check and inspect the area in case of any others being left behind. We also make sure to clean the area, seal the holes and install protection screens and one-way doors. You can count on Skedaddle experts to make the place as bat-unfriendly as possible. So, if you happen to have any bats in your house, call Skedaddle and our team of trained professionals will be on their way to your property in no time.

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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