FAQS About Endangered Bats

Bats are incredible mammals. Not only are they the only mammalian species capable of true, authentic flight, they play a vital role in our surrounding Eco-systems. And although bats have a stigma to them, and a poor reputation for being a nuisance to home and building owners, they are protected under state and federal law. This is especially true for endangered bat species. Sadly, species all across the globe are still becoming endangered and close to extinction. We have to work harder as a society to support animal protection and initiatives in order to keep our beloved animal kingdom sustainable and strong.

Continue reading to review some common questions about endangered bats, including which species are endangered, why some bats are becoming extinct, and much more.

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The Lesser Short-Nosed Fruit Bat is a species of Megabat that lives in Southeast Asia and Indonesia.

How Many Bats are Endangered?

Endangered bats are also referred to as “threatened” species. There are multiple levels of endangerment. Bat species may fall under “Critically-Endangered” or “Endangered” depending on the severity of threat.  According to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species, there are 26 critically endangered species, 51 endangered species, and 954 additional species that are considered vulnerable to endangerment. However, these numbers are always changing and difficult to keep up with.

Is There a Difference Between Endangered and Extinct?

Extinct species have all died out and are no longer in existence anywhere on the planet. The term extinct is though to come from the Latin term, extinctus, which translates to the modern, extinguish. Endangered species face an imminent risk of extinction. Some examples of extinct animals include the Dodo, Great Auk, Steller’s Sea Cow, and the Tasmanian Tiger.

Why Do Bats Become Extinct?

There are several reasons that have contributed to the demise of certain bat species. Such factors include land over-development, diseases like White Nose Syndrome, and habitat destruction. In fact, the biggest contributing factors are loss of habitat, like caves, forests, and nesting areas. When bats lose their homes, they search for new homes, like our attics and crawl spaces! It is not their fault, which is why bats should never be regarded as a bad animal. They are innocent creatures that have suffered substantial habitat loss.

Which Bats are Endangered in the United States?

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, there are 13 endangered bat species in the United States. Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, there are 5 species and sub-species that are identified as Endangered. They are as follows:

Bonneted BatEumops floridanus
Gray Bat Myotis grisescens
Hoary Bat Lasiurus cinereus semotus
Indiana BatMyotis sodalis
Lesser Long-Nosed Bat – Leptonycteris curasoae yerbabuenae
Little Mariana Fruit BatPteropus tokudae
Mariana Flying FoxPteropus mariannus mariannus
Mexican Long-Nosed BatLeptonycteris nivalis
Northern Long-Eared BatMyotis septentrionalis
Ozark Big-Eared BatCorynorhinus townsendii ingens
Pacific Sheath-Tailed BatEmballonura semicaudata rotensis
Samoan Pacific Sheath-Tailed BatEmballonura semicaudata semicaudata

And Sadly………
The Virginia Big-Eared Bat
(Corynorhinus Townsendii Virginianus)

Got Nuisance Bat Problems in Virginia?

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Why are Bats a Part of the Halloween Theme?

So you have your costumes laid out, a big bag of goodies to pass out, and a party in store. But don’t forget; no Halloween would be complete without all the fun and spooky décor!

When you think about Halloween decorations, the first images that pop into your head are pumpkins, witches, spider webs, dead trees, haunted houses, and of course, bats. Although it’s obvious why many of these things are creepy, why are bats considered so spooky? Why did they become such an ingrained part of our Halloween traditions?

Continue reading to find out some fun Halloween bat facts that you can share with your friends this week!

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Bats and Halloween

The correlation between Halloween and bats might have started with their natural features and characteristics. You see, bats are nocturnal, have sharp pointy teeth, and webbed wings. All of these qualities and features can be considered a bit on the eerie side. However, there might be more to the history of bats and Halloween.

Vampire Bats

Then you have the Vampire Bat, which was likely another large influence on the incorporation of bats on All Hallows’ Eve. Vampire bats are one of the only species of mammal that consume the blood of their prey. This, combined with their name and nocturnal nature, can easily be seen as scary and spooky! Once this species was discovered in Central and South America, they were quickly dubbed “Vampires”, and word spread around. Soon after, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) depicted vampires shapeshifting into bats, which cemented the spooky connection.

The truth is, Vampire bats do not attack humans or pets, and instead, mostly target livestock like cows, pigs, and horses. Furthermore, they do not kill their prey; it is more of a symbiotic relationship. They make a small incision in the flesh, lap up the pooling blood with their tongues, and then scurry off into the night. The wound seals up quickly and the animal is not harmed or bothered in anyway. See our blog, “Common Misunderstandings About Bats” to clear up some more rumors you’ve heard about bats.

The Actual Scary Part About Bats

Although bats are incredible mammals that play a large, beneficial role in our surrounding Eco-system and economies, they are not something you want inside your property. Bats are looking for winter shelter right now, which could mean your attic, roof, wall voids, and similar dark, cozy spots. If you have seen bats flying in your neighborhood before, they are a possible threat in terms of property damage and infestation. Bats are so small, they can fit through an opening as tiny as 3/8ths of an inch, which means you could have vulnerabilities you don’t even know about. Read our blog, “The Top Three Signs that You Have Bats in the House” to learn how to spot the clues.

Another common bat threat is disease. Bats are known carriers of several infectious and contagious diseases and parasites, such as Rabies, Histoplasmosis, bat mites, lice, and more. It is vital that you never attempt to touch, trap, harm, or kill a bat under any circumstances. Furthermore, always make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. Read our blog, “3 Transmissible Bat Diseases That Can Affect People and Pets” to learn more about bat diseases.

Preventing Nuisance Bat Problems

Contact a local Virginia bat control professional for help protecting your home against potential bat damages before they can happen. If you suspect you have bats in the attic, or bats in your house, contact them for emergency bat removal services as soon as possible. The longer bats are in your house, the more damages add up. So to prevent costly damages and invasive repairs, be sure to act fast and schedule an inspection.

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Why Choose Us for Bat Removal and Control in Virginia

Virginia Bat Pros is a Bat Standards Compliant and Certified Company. But that is not the only reason why you should choose our professionals for safe and affordable bat abatement service in Old Dominion!

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Our company, Virginia Bat Pros, is a licensed, bonded, and insured bat removal and control business with more than 27 years of experience in the wildlife rescue and control industry. We offer a wide range of services for both residential and commercial clients, including bat extraction, exclusion, prevention, cleanup and sanitation, damage repairs and restoration, emergency 24 hour service, estimates, inspections, and free advice. Some homeowners’ insurance policies are compatible with restoration and repair work for bat infestations, and we can work with them to get the job done right, at an affordable price.

? We Truly Love Bats!

As supporters of local bat populations, we never use inhumane or lethal methods to remove bats, and instead, implement scientifically-proven strategies that will get rid of bats without harming them or your home. Once extracted, bats are relocated to a faraway, safe habitat where they can live out the rest of their lives in peace.

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Our certified teams at Virginia Bat Pros retain the latest technologies and state of the art equipment to solve bat problems safely, effectively, and efficiently, doing everything in their power to ensure your property is protected against nuisance bats. For instance, we use the highest quality materials and resources to mend openings, such as heavy gauge galvanized steel mesh screening, industrial caulking, high-density polyurethane foam, and more. Also, as members of the National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA), you can trust that we take their job very seriously.

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Call Virginia Bat Pros at 804-729-9097 for safe and humane bat removal and control assistance in Old Dominion. We serve all of Virginia, including Richmond, Petersburg, Short Pump, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Virginia Beach, and all of their surrounding areas, with 24 hour bat removal, as well as, numerous residential and commercial bat exclusion services, such as bat cleanup and restorations for bat damages. We even provide insurance work! Contact us at 804-729-9097 to request a free estimate, anytime.

Did You Find a Dead Bat on Your Property?

If you recently came across a dead bat in or around your house, there are some facts you need to know right away. Continue reading to learn what you should do, and how you should follow up after the bat has been removed.

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Bat Diseases and Health Hazards

The first rule to finding a dead animal is to never touch it, not even with protective gloves. When it comes to bats, the same rule of thumb applies. Bats are known carriers of several infectious diseases, including Rabies, distemper, and roundworm. They are also common carriers of harmful parasites, such as mites, lice, fleas, and ticks. All of these diseases and pests can be transmitted to both people and pets, making dead bats a serious hazard in any non-professional situation.

So What Should You Do?

As soon as you find the dead bat, cut off access to it by isolating pets and kids in another area. If the bat is outside, be sure everyone, including cats and dogs, are inside the house. If the bat is in a certain room of the house, shut the door or put up gates to prevent kids and pets from getting close. Do not attempt to touch or recover the bat under any circumstances. As mentioned, you might expose yourself to a transmissible disease or health hazard.

Once you have mitigated possible exposure to people and pets, your next move is to contact a local bat abatement company for emergency bat removal services. They have the tools, training, and state licenses to legally remove and relocate bats, whether dead or alive. Keep in mind that it is illegal to tamper or harm a bat in Virginia. See our blog, “State Laws Surrounding Wild Bats” to learn the laws that govern wildlife practices in our state.

How to Follow Up

Once you have had the bat removed, it is important that you follow up by having your home inspected for bats. If you have one bat in or around the house, you likely have more. This is especially true when bats are found inside a home or building. The same company that removed the dead bat can also provide comprehensive bat inspections.

If a bat infestation is located, they can also provide bat extraction and cleanup services. To protect your home from future bat infestations, the company can also provide certain bat-proofing and abatement strategies that will do the job. See our blog, “Frequently Asked Questions About Bat Removal and Control” to learn more about bat prevention.

Where to Get Emergency Bat Removal in Virginia

Call Virginia Bat Pros at 804-729-9097 for safe and humane bat removal and control assistance in Old Dominion. We serve all of Virginia with 24 hour bat removal, as well as, numerous residential and commercial bat exclusion services, such as bat cleanup and restorations for bat damages. We even provide insurance work! Contact us at 804-729-9097 to request a free estimate, anytime.