Bats get a bit of a bad rep as creepy night dwellers. Add the memory of a bad vampire movie you saw as a kid where the bloodsucker turned into a bat at night and they might even scare you a little, but actually bats are interesting little creatures.
Did you know that bats are more closely related to humans and primates than they are to rodents?
Little Brown bats can slow their heart rate to 20 beats per minute and actually not breathe at all for 48 minutes at a time while hibernating. They live up to 40 years which is the longest lifespan for a mammal that small. And the best little fact of all… bats eat mosquitoes. They eat lots of mosquitoes. Little Brown bats can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes per hour. So contrary to any bad movie you may have seen, bats aren’t bloodsuckers, instead, they actually save us from the bloodsuckers.
Bats in Texas
While we are on fun facts about bats here is one that hits close to home. The Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin has the largest bat colony in North America living underneath. The number of bats ranges from 750,000 to 1.5 million over a years time. It takes 45 minutes at night for all the bats to exit for feeding. And what do they eat? Insects… 10,000 to 30,000 pounds worth of insects a night. 30,000 pounds is about the same weight as 1 motorhome, 3 monster trucks, or 9 large missiles. Can you even imagine? That’s a crazy amount of insects!
Bats Can’t Get Them All
It’s good to know that so many mosquitoes can disappear each day without us humans having to lift a finger. However, the bats aren’t going to get them all. You may not have any bats frequenting your own backyard. We just can’t depend on them solely for protection against the annoyance and illness that comes with a yard full of mosquitoes. But there are other mosquito control options.
Mosquito Squad of South Central Texas has a mosquito barrier spray treatment system that is more dependable than a colony of bats. That’s because it kills 85-90% of mosquitoes right out your backdoor on contact and continues to work for up to 3 weeks. With a season-long treatment schedule, you won’t have to wonder if your mosquito issues are being taken care of. It’s guaranteed! Call us today!
But still… be kind to the bats. They are doing a great job!