Bat Facts


Bats are often thought of as a bad nuisance animal, stemming from the famous blood sucking vampire bat. Well rest assured, there aren’t any in the United States. Though there are more then three dozen varieties in the US, The Little Brown and The Big Brown Bat are the most commonly dealt with in buildings.

Bats are not blind.
Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight.
70% of bats consume insects, sharing a large part of natural pest control.
Bats can be found almost anywhere in the world except the polar regions and extreme deserts.
Bats find shelter in caves, crevices, tree cavities and buildings.
There are 1,100 species of bats worldwide, making up a quarter of the world’s mammals.
Bats can live more than 30 years and can fly at speeds of up to 60 mph.
Bats can eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour.
The world’s largest bat is the “flying fox” that lives on islands in the South Pacific. It has a wingspan of up to 6 feet.
The world’s smallest bat is the bumble bee bat of Thailand, which is smaller than a thumbnail and weighs less than a penny.

Although very important to the ecosystem, because of their diet, mosquitos, beetles, and moths, bats are not something we want to have in our home. Bats can and sometimes do carry rabies, a serious concern for anybody dealing with them. Histoplasmosis is more likely to affect humans, which is found in their droppings, making it a serious issue and something that needs to be dealt with if bats are residing in your attic.

Bats Cause Damage


Bats can cause severe damages to your home or commercial property if allowed to stay a while. They like to take up residence in your attics and walls.

Bats Can Spread Disease