It’s Halloween time, and decorations of spiders, witches, and “all things scary ” have begun to appear on store shelves everywhere.
Unfortunately the bat gets included in this list—poor thing has quite the reputation! This unusual flying mammal is feared for either its “blood-sucking” habits or “carrier of rabies” status.
However, it’s easily forgotten that bats are one of our best pest police. Each night they take to the sky to feast on mosquitoes and other pesky insects. Move over, batman….bats are the true heroes!
We like the way Kathleen Smith, a Wildlife and Fisheries level three biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) puts it: “People don’t realize that bats play a pretty critical role in insect control.They control a major part of the pest population; that’s billions of dollars that the agriculture industry would otherwise have to spend on pesticides.”
Billions of dollars on pesticides? And pesticides that are probably not environmentally-friendly to boot!
Wow! Are you starting to think differently about bats now? Florida has 13 different species of this flying pest control, including:
And please remember this: whatever type of bat you might stumble upon one evening, rest assured it has no interest in sucking your blood; vampire bats are only found in Central and South America! And….only 1 percent of bats carry rabies!
If you suspect you have bats in your home or building, give us a call. We would be happy to help you. We do not kill them! We safely relocate them. And for the record, April 15 – August 15 is their mating season and NO bat exclusion work should be done during that time, unless there is harm to individuals or the structure by their presence.
So if you happen to see a bat decoration this Halloween season, let it serve as reminder of their usefulness to the environment…there’s nothing to be afraid of!
Are you smarter than a rat? Now before you get offended, understand that rats are smarter than you think. It seems rats consistently get a bad rap, but they’re actually intelligent little animals. In fact, rats have some pretty mad skills!
For example, rats can memorize an environment even though they’re nearly blind. They are natural students who excel at learning and understanding concepts. They can even learn to recognize their name and respond when called!
And, rats don’t have gallbladders or tonsils, but they do have belly buttons. (That last little fact has nothing to do with their intelligence—obviously—but it was too fascinating not to include!)
If you’re still not convinced, check out this this video that shows just how smart and trainable rats really are. The rats featured in this video are descended from Norway rats, the most common “city rat” species, found across the world. Maybe now you can understand why they are so prolific!
Now unless you plan to train rats to stay out of your home, you still need us here at Good News Pest Solutions! As the weather turns cooler, rats will try to find warmer places, like your attic.
Contact Good News today for a free home inspection and evaluation. We very strongly recommend taking preventative measures in advance to keep these resourceful rodents out of your abode and save potential future damage.
Be aware that rats are everywhere in Florida, we commonly find them in even the most exclusive homes and neighborhoods, so call us now for a free inspection!