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How do bats fly?

During Hamilton summer evenings you might see small black specks fluttering through the sky. Bats are special animals whose ability to fly is unique among mammals. They use a combination of echolocation and sense receptors to navigate through Hamilton’s many buildings and houses.

Bats are the only mammal capable of true and sustained flight. Their forelimbs form webbed wings and to fly they flap their spread out fingers. The wing is made up of a thin membrane or patagium. Basically, it’s skin extending from the body that assists them in flight. Think of the webbing between our fingers and toes. A bat’s wings are much thinner and have more bones than wings of birds. This allows them to accurately maneuver providing more lift and less drag. To save energy during flight they fold their wings on the upstroke toward their bodies.

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A bat’s outstretched wings

The wings have touch-sensitive receptors called Merkel cells. Each bump has tiny hairs increasing sensitivity. Increased sensitivity allows the bat to better detect and collect information about the air around it. It will also alter its flight path and wing patterns to accommodate changing different air flow.

Combining their wing technology with echolocation bats can easily find their way through the night sky. Echolocation is a system where sounds are produced specifically to make echoes. The mammal compares the outgoing sound with the returning echoes, the bat’s brain then creates detailed images of its surroundings. This allows bats the ability to find prey, roosts or entrances into your home in total darkness.

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These bats are entering this attic through a gap between the aluminum soffit and the stone facade

Bats get into your roof or attic by discovering small holes on the outer walls. Once inside they form roosts in places that humans don’t suspect. We never regularly go into our attic, so it’s easy for bats to have built a home in the darkest corner of your house. If there are entrances into your living area they can escape walls and fly around your home.

If you discover a bat flying in your house contact Hamilton’s Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. The safest thing to do is give it space and wait for our professionals to arrive.

Skedaddle is a wild animal removal service that uses humane methods to get rid of bats. We start by identifying their entry points so that we can lock them out when they go to feed. We then seal the exterior of the house to prevent re-entry.

If you have had bats into your home then call today to book an inspection with one of our specialists! 1-888-592-0387

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