Bat Myths of Carroll County

In Carroll County, there is plenty of open field, farmland, and the occasional cluster of wooded area. Residents in Carroll County are never strangers to the occasional run-in with wildlife, just as the wildlife has become accustomed to humans. While some creatures pose an obvious threat to the residents of Carroll County, others seem more harmless. However, there is one creature that many can’t seem to agree on, and that is the bat. No matter which species of bat it is, some feel that bats are helpful to the area while others feel like they are nothing but a nuisance. There are several bat myths about that seem to reoccur no matter where you live. Here are some of the pesky bat myths that keep bats in the shadows:

  • “Bats have rabies”- While bats have the ability to contract rabies like any other mammal, the entire species does not carry the disease collectively. In reality, only less than 1 percent of the bat population will or has contracted the disease.
  • “Bats attack people’s hair”- Bats are very shy creatures and are gentle when interacting with humans. Bats use echolocation to navigate while flying, helping them avoid human contact. Many think that if a bat dives near their head, they are going after their hair while in reality, they are most likely going after an insect near the top of your head.
  • “Vampire bats will suck my blood”- There are only a few species of vampire bats left in existence and none of them feed on human blood. Vampire bats will feed on large animals like horses and cattle, as well as the nectar from fruits and flowers.
  • “Bats are dirty creatures”- While bats are known to carry two different types of bugs, they spend hours grooming their fur.

Bats are known to help farmers with their crops in two different ways. Bats will eat the harmful insects that attack crops while also dispersing seeds from crops and flowers. While bats can be helpful to the farmers in the Carroll County area, they can be a nuisance if they find their way into your attic to rest. However, now that bat myths have been debunked, there is no need to hurt the animal once you have found it. If a bat has found a way into your home, never panic, call Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. At Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control, we specialize in the humane removal of bats and other wildlife in the Carroll County area. We know bats are helpful to our ecosystem, which is why we use only the most humane removal and barrier strategies to deal with bats in your home. To get started with us, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.