Bat removal. Two major concerns are the lung disease histoplasmosis which comes from bat guano. Rabies virus comes from an infected bat. Bats are the only mammal that can live with the rabies virus.
Bats are the only mammals that can fly. Common misconceptions and fears about bats have led many people to think they are unclean disease carriers. Bats are helpful in controlling the population of crop-destroying insects.
There are two types of bats. megabats and microbats. Bats include flying foxes and Old World fruit bats.
Flying foxes are the largest bats. Some species have wingspans of 5 to 6 feet and weigh up to 2.2 lbs. According to the Oakland Zoo. One of the smallest megabats, the long-tongued fruit bat has a wingspan of only 10 inches.
Among microbats, the largest species is the false vampire or spectral bat with a wingspan of up to 40 inches. It weighs 5 to 6.7 ounces. The smallest bat is the bumblebee bat, according to the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. It grows to only about 1.25 inches long and weighs about 2 grams (0.07 ounces).
Bats live all over the world. They prefer warmer areas that are closer to the equator. In the day, they sleep upside down holding on with their sharp claws.
Most bats eat flowers, fruits, small insects, nectar, pollen, and leaves, it depends on the type of bat.