Why Are Bats so Important for the Ecosystem?Bats play a vital role for many ecosystems – not just in Milwaukee. These winged mammals actually serve as seed-dispersers and pollinators for many plants. They are also among the major consumers of forest and agricultural pests. Similarly, they also play an important role in reducing the risk of insect-borne diseases such as the West Nile Virus because they are also natural predators to insects such as mosquitoes. If you’re looking to benefit from these interesting beings, consider constructing a bat home somewhere on your property to discourage them from seeking shelter in your residence, while at the same time encouraging them to protect your property from pesky insects.
Little Known Bat FactsAs helpful as they can be, there are also a number of problems bats can cause for humans. Here are some interesting facts regarding these majestic creatures:
- Bats sometimes do bite people if they try to catch them or if the bat feels threatened. Bat droppings (guano) can also cause histoplasmosis if inhaled, which is a disease characterized by flu-like symptoms.
- When temperatures fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, bats will hibernate. Similarly, if a parent is killed, young bats may be left to die.
- Bats usually feed on a 24-48 cycle, removing the active bats from your home may mean that you’re only effectively removing half the colony.
- Closing entry holes doesn’t work when it comes to keeping bats away as they can fit through holes the size of a dime. They will often find another way into the home and if they should die in the process, they will cause not only damage but also a terrible odor. [caption id="attachment_15029" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Baby bats, bats can squeeze through the size of a dime.[/caption]