Bats

The bat belongs to the chiroptera order which also includes the Noctule (or Common Bat), the Long-eared (for big ears) and the American vampire. The common bat flies out in the evening to get food and its diet is mainly based on the insects it manages to catch while flying.During the day, however, it hides in caves, walls of uninhabited houses and cliffs. The important thing is that it can always count on a support to cling to. The bat is mistakenly considered by many people to be a bird due to the fact that it can fly. It is actually a mammal more similar to a mouse, and the ones it uses to hover in the air are not wings, but membranes that almost completely envelop its body. Certainly, the peculiarity that everyone knows and remembers about this animal is the curious habit of sleeping upside down.









Are bats dangerous?

It is difficult to think of a group of animals more harmless than bats. Animals as reserved and discreet as they are fascinating and exceptional. The only mammals capable of active, skilful and precise flight, are able to accurately avoid a collision with a human being, having no interest in sticking to your hair. This is in fact one of the many legends that have spread about bats due to bad information and their elusiveness, which makes them dark and mysterious animals to our eyes.They are not blind, they have very little to do with mice and clearly not. bring bad luck. But above all they are not dangerous for humans. Often we are afraid of what we do not know and the fear originates in old tales and legends, which, unfortunately, are regularly renewed by superficial information and in the hunt for news.



Appearance and biology 

By analyzing the etymology of these two terms we can deduce a lot from this particular type of bird. The term Chiroptera derives from the Greek cheir and pteron, respectively "hand" and "wing". In fact, bats have very light wings, which they use as if they were their mantle, which at the ends have small and thin hands. This conjunction between hand and arm transformed into a wing means that this mammal does not walk like all the others, but has the ability to fly. While the term "Bat" from the Latin Vespertlio derives from vesper which means "evening". It is their common habit, in fact, to go into action during the night and prefer the day to rest. The bat searches for hidden and safe places such as caves or crevices that can serve as a lair. Modern cities offer very few shelters of this type and, often, bats are attracted to the attics and attics of abandoned houses, sometimes not disdaining the inhabited ones. If these habitats are made of wood even better, because the bats feed on xylophagous insects (wood parasites) they are fond of, dismantling ancient urban legends according to which they would go around in a spasmodic search for blood to suck prey. animals that are very important for maintaining the natural balance of our ecosystem, as they decimate wood pests and help keep away the annoying mosquitoes they eat. In addition, bats are increasingly rare animals and therefore at risk of extinction, therefore they are protected by the authorities of our country. It would be tantamount to a crime to eliminate them, injure them or harm them. Even moving or changing their perches is punishable because bats have a habit of returning to the same places year after year. Therefore, if you suspect the presence of bats in your home, immediately contact professionals who are experienced in the removal of these mammals. A tip to have more chances of recognition is to analyze their droppings, which are often confused with those of mice. Bat droppings are shattered very easily as they are made up of the remains of the insects they feed on. A key aspect to remember when a bat enters our home is not to panic but try to stay calm. The bat is a very ancient animal and, unlike the most widespread popular beliefs, it is not dangerous for humans, it does not cling to our hair, but rather if it is treated as an intruder, it easily comes out of doors and windows left open for the purpose.