BATS

Bats are found all around the world and there are hundreds of different species of bat. The bats senses are so fine-tuned that it is thought that some bats can hear footsteps 6 miles away. Bats have a sixth sense known as echolocation which they use for locating prey.

         
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  • While conservation efforts are in place to protect bats, many threats still remain. Bats are known to carry diseases communicable to humans, such as rabies.
  • Bats typically roost in caves or hollow trees, but have become very adept at using our attics. They only need an opening around one-quarter inch to enter so a thorough inspection and detail oriented exclusion is imperative to preventing or eliminating infestations. Bats are frequently carriers of rabies and their dung (guano) can cause respiratory illness in humans (see CDC information on histoplasmosis).
  • Bats are found in almost every habitat available on Earth. Different species select different habitats during different seasons, ranging from seasides to mountains and even deserts, but bat habitats have two basic requirements: roosts, where they spend the day or hibernate, and places for foraging. Most temperate species additionally need a relatively warm hibernation shelter. Bat roosts can be found in hollows, crevices, foliage, and even human-made structures, and include "tents" the bats construct by biting leaves.
  • A 1987 fire at the University of Florida caused a colony of bats residing in Johnson Hall's attic to become homeless. This forced them to move to the James G. Pressly Stadium on the north side of campus. The odor and the guano from this newly arrived colony did not please spectators, thus creating a movement for a new bat-ordained structure elsewhere.