Bats may carry virus, should we kill them all?
There are about 1,400 species of bats, accounting for roughly one-fourth of all mammal species. Such a large group of the animal takes important positions in the global ecosystem. Bats live almost all over the world, with only a few exceptions, such as the Arctic, Antarctic, and a few islands. Many of them feed on insects, including some agricultural pests.
Other tropical, herbivorous bats take the mission of pollination. They feed on flowers, buds, and fruits, thus help pollinate the plants. Plants provide food and shelter for other animals. In this sense, if bats were eliminated, the local ecosystem might collapse.
More than that, bats can fly so that they can bring seeds miles away, even farther. Many plant species rely on bats to pollinate and spread their seeds, including tequila, fig fruit, durian
There is no need to kill bats even for our own safety.
People believe bats carry rabies, Ebola, flu, and other viruses, including the novel coronavirus. The fact is, as long as they are not disturbed, bats are harmless to humans. The virus coexisting with bats would not spread into the human world as long as no one catches, touches, or eats bats. Most bats are nocturnal, and they will avoid encounters with the human. If men look for, try to kill, get bitten by bats, or touch their excrements, that may cause infection.
killing bats is senseless in this fight against novel coronavirus. Bats are the original host of the virus in the natural environment, but the virus has to mutate before it can spread to humans. In other words, the virus living on bats and the virus causing people sick are not the same kind. Besides, even for wild bats, the probability of carrying a virus is not as high as people assume.
How To Get Rid of Bats in Your Home
When you hear something rustling in your attic, it can be unnerving. Your first instinct may be to capture or kill whatever critter has invaded your home. This is a bad idea, however, when you have a bat in the house. Federal regulations are strict about bat relocation, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals. There are a few things that you can do to assist with the process, though.
Before you call for wildlife removal, you need to have a few key things to tell the professionals who will be handling the problem. First, find out where the animal is located. A bat will make a nest and leave droppings in any area it frequents. Search your attic and the eaves of your house for signs of nesting. You may see multiple bats or nests in your home, and this is useful information, too. Removing one bat is different from removing a whole colony. Be prepared to let the specialists know what kind of job they’re up against.
When you have a bat in the house, how you get rid of it is important. Certified removal experts have the training and experience necessary to get bats out of your home in a way that complies with all the relevant laws and regulations. Getting rid of bats also requires special equipment such as the right kind of trap. A cone-shaped trap, for example, guides bats out of your home but doesn’t give them a way back in. These traps allow them to escape unharmed but deny them the ability to return. Experts assess your pest situation and propose legal, humane suggestions for resolving it.
Bats in the house
Finding bats in your house
They do not make much noise or smell and their droppings soon crumble away to dust. They do not use bedding, or return with any insect prey to the house. Indeed, householders are usually unaware of them.
Whatever the age of your house, it is possible that bats will find somewhere to roost within, either in the roof space, under a roof tile or lead flashing, even between gaps in mortar or behind fascias and soffits. A roost is not likely to be used all year round, but bats will return at appropriate times each year to a traditional site.
All bats and their roost sites are fully protected by law, even if bats are not present all the time. If you have bats in your roof, their access must not be impeded.
If any problems are encountered with bats, or if any repair work to the roof is necessary, advice must be sought from the relevant statutory nature conservation agency.
It’s prime time for human-bat encounters. Here’s what to do if a bat gets in your house
During the 1980s and ’90s, he had his own bat-removal business and responded to calls from people panicked about bats getting into their homes — something that happens from mid-July to late August, when juvenile bats, born in the spring and learning to fly, wind up in places where they shouldn’t be.
For examples of this, see every vampire movie ever made. In real life, however, “A healthy bat won’t come after you or attack you or fly in your hair,” he says.
All of that said, some bats carry rabies. Actually, less than 1 percent of bats that are captured and turned over to the state for study are found to be rabid. “But it’s an extremely serious disease,”
Give it an opening
So what should you do if you’re hanging out in your living room watching TV and suddenly — oh my gosh! — a bat is circling above you?
To reduce your chances of coming into contact with the bat, carefully position yourself close to a wall; a bat’s flight pattern is such that it tends to go higher near walls and lower toward a room’s center.
Bats in your garden
Bats are active at night and so often go unseen. Bats found in Britian are predators of insects. Bat numbers have declined over the last 50 years and so they will benefit from steps taken to make gardens more bat-friendly. Bats are also recognised biodiversity indicators and their presence is an indication of a healthy, insect-rich environment
Which bats occur in gardens?
There are 17 species of bats in Britain. The more common species that use gardens for feeding or daytime shelter are the common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, brown long-eared bat, noctule and Daubenton’s bat. Other species can also be present.
All bats feed on insects, particularly those types that are active at dusk and during the night. In addition to moths, bats eat other insects, such as mosquitoes, midges and other flies, mayflies, some beetles, caddis flies, lacewings and other nocturnal insects. Bats mostly catch insects on the wing, using echo location to home in on their prey. They can sometimes be seen hunting around a light source where there is often a higher density of moths but the long term impacts of artificial lighting on wildlife (prey and predator) are not usually positive. Some bats will pick off insects that are resting on foliage.
During the day, bats shelter in dark places (roosts), such as in hollow trees, roof spaces, under tiles and soffits, loose bark on trees, or in splits in the trunks and branches of trees. At different times of the year, bats will move between several resting places that are used as daytime roosts, maternity roosts where females give birth and nurse their young, and hibernation sites for the winter months.
Some bats, such as Daubenton’s bat, specialise in swooping low over ponds and other water bodies where they feed on insects such as adult caddis flies, mayflies and other insects with aquatic larvae.