A world without bats would look very different than the one you know — and not for the better.
With more than 1,400 species located all around the globe, bats play a substantial ecological role that is vital to the health of our natural ecosystem and human economies.
Here are just a few of the important ways bats enrich our lives:
- They pollinate, disperse, and protect valuable cash crops, including bananas, guava, durians, cashews, dates, figs, cacao, sugar, corn, cotton, and agave (the kind we need to make tequila!)
- Fruit-eating bats in the tropics disperse seeds that are critical to restoring cleared or damaged rainforests
- Bat poop, known as guano, is a valuable natural fertilizer with far-reaching benefits to landowners and communities
Bats are important in our natural world. Installing a bat house in your backyard supports bats’ ecologically essential roles, such as controlling pests. Plus, their nightly displays of aerial acrobatics are fascinating to observe.
Bats in Homes and Buildings
There are many reasons why and how bats enter human structures. Some bats can get confused while foraging or migrating. In addition, man-made structures such as homes often provide safe environments with stable temperatures that can attract bats, especially in areas where they have lost natural habitat. Whatever the reason, your compassion and response can make the difference.
Found a grounded or injured bat?
If you have found a grounded or injured bat, the best option is to call a specially trained bat rehabilitator or bat rescuer. Never touch or handle a bat directly. When following guidelines to capture bats safely, wear heavy leather work gloves. Bat World Sanctuary provides a nationwide list of wildlife rehabilitators, biologists, veterinarians, conservationists and educators who have volunteered to help rescue and remove bats. If a bat rehabilitator or rescuer is not available in your area, contact your state wildlife agency or Department of Natural Resources.
Games and Activities
Are you ready to start learning all about bats? Check out our activities and fun facts that you can share with your family and friends.
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