Bat Rescue at a DayCare, this Big Brown bat couldn’t make it home. She decided to take a rest in a corner of the playground and we couldn’t let her stay there. The children are the most important factor in this relationship. We sent out a technician and he captured her in a webber broom and transferred to a bucket. We then took her to Liberty Wildlife (our partner in the rehab business). This gave her a quick physical and will hold her overnight and then take her back to her home territory.
We extended Professional Courtesy on this Bat Rescue to her since she’s in the same business, killing mosquitoes and bugs. Did you know that a single bat can eat 1,200 mosquitoes each hour and maybe up to 8,000 each night. Bats can live up to 40 years. Bat droppings in caves can support whole ecosystems, including bacteria useful in breaking down wastes. Here in the desert many species of cactus including the Arizona Saguaro and Organ Pipe cactus rely on bats to pollinate.
Some useful tips:
- Never pick up a bat, it could be sick and bite.
- Call a Professional like this DayCare, I then explained to the kids the process and they were excited to learn about bats.
- If you decide to use a plastic figure owl, it need to be moved frequently. Pigeons and bats become familiar with them not moving.
- Shining light on an area 24/7 can be useful
- Again as I have mentioned previously, do a monthly inspection of your house and at night with a flashlight. Look up and chek all areas.