Bat

Bat

Bat-Chiroptera

Color-Black/gray/brown      /  Size-1-12inches  /    Antenna-No     /   Flying-Yes, wing span equal to body size

Region- Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Bats are mammals which are best described as resembling mice but with wings.  All bats have wings which are a thin membrane of skin and most have large ears which help in echolocation. This sonar system is used for location purposes. As such the visual sight of a bat is relatively poor although bats can see ultraviolet light and are not blind. A bat’s teeth are very sharp, designed well for puncturing insects and vegetation in the Calgary area. Bats need areas protected from light and are not discriminate when choosing caves, hollow trees, or a thick canopy of leaves as their place of seclusion.  They are helpful creatures feasting on insects and other pests and are only considered pests when they roost in attics, and garages. Bats will also chew and claw their way into your walls so they can create a nesting spot. Primarily active during the night, they still make a constant chirping and have a stiff odor when in or near your home.  A colony can leave behind staggering amounts of droppings (guano) which can carry diseases and they attract cockroaches with their odor. Also, some bats have rabies and can pass this to your pet.  If left unchecked, a bat infestation can be difficult and costly to correct.