They don't see very well in the daytime. They use sonar to navigate. And who's kidding who, they’re pretty darn scary.
"It's a flying rodent." says Drew Ardourel, wildlife technician with A All Animal Control of Denver.
Myth: they don't get stuck in your hair. Fact: they do carry rabies, bat bugs, and respiratory disease.
So what do you do if you find yourself face to face with the little winged beast in your house?
Grab a broom and a bucket? Not recommended. Run out of the house screaming? That might upset the neighbors. Kill it? Really not a good idea. Why? Because bats are a federally protected species. You would be looking at a $5,000 federally imposed fine.
Wildlife technician Drew Ardourel has been busy this season. "An entry hole, entry point right here to this soffit," as he points to what seems a way too small hole for a bat to possibly enter.
He's removed thousands of bats this year, without harming them, from people's houses throughout the Denver metro area.
The reason for the abnormally high bat count this year is a very mild winter last year.
If you do find one in your house, try throwing panty hose on it. The hose will not hurt the bat, but tangle it up long enough for you to put some gloves on and get it out of the house.
But Ardourel advises the best thing to do is to keep your distance and have a healthy fear of bats.
If you see one in your home, more are likely to follow. Don't panic, and call a professional. Sounds like good advice.AlertMe