Bats and rabies are constantly linked together due to horror movies, Halloween, and embellished stories. The facts are actually different than common belief. Read on to learn more about rabies and how they affect bats and other mammals as well.
Do All Bats Have Rabies?
The answer is, of course not; not all bats have rabies. Among the various bat species all over the world, (which makes up more than a quarter of the world’s mammal population), less than two percent are infected with rabies. In fact, less than ten people in the past 50 years have been reported to have contracted rabies through a bat. The myth behind bats and rabies stems from movies, books, and rumors. The truth is, bats are intelligent and helpful creatures of nature, and should be respected and protected as much as possible.
Signs of an Infected Bat
Although not all bats have rabies, they can still carry other infectious diseases just the same as any other animal could. To determine if a bat is infected, look out for tell-tale signs that point toward danger. If a bat is seen out during the daylight hours and/or is flying rapidly in an unorganized fashion, this could be a sign that it is sick. The simplest way to explain why is that bats are nocturnal, meaning they sleep at day and come out at night. It is very uncommon to see a bat during daylight. Odd behavior like that can represent an ill bat. A bat will not likely attack, but can bite or lunch if instigated or approached.
Why Are They Helpful?
Bats are insect eaters, and big eaters at that. In a single evening, a bat can consume nearly 1/3 of its body weight in insects. That’s like 1000 insects per hour. So at our cookouts and bonfires, fewer mosquitoes will be out biting because they are being preyed upon by your local bat colonies.
For more information about bats and rabies, contact a professional at 502-553-7622. We have been removing bats from residential and commercial properties for over 20 years. Call us today for information, services, and estimates, or visit our Louisville KY Bat Control website anytime!