Bat Myths

Myths 01Myth: Bats can’t see.
Wrong! Bats have perfectly good eyes and can see. No bats are blind.

Myth: Bats attack people.
Never! Bats are small, gentle creatures that eat bugs, not people. They have no interest in us. They sometimes fly close at night as they fly after insects.

Myth: Bats get in your hair.
Not a chance! Even when it is completely dark, bats can “see” very well through echolocation. They can see detail down as fine as a human hair, so they certainly can see a head of hair and avoid it.

Myth: Bats are dirty animals like rats and mice.
Not even close! Bats are very, very clean animals. They have to be in order to fly well (think about how airplanes have to be cleaned and de-iced in order to fly properly).

Myth: Bats have rabies.
Not all bats! Or even a large percentage. Bats are mammals, and all mammals can get rabies. When a bat gets rabies, it dies, just like other mammals. The rate of infection in a group of bats is less than 1%. That said, be wary of sluggish, sickly bats on the ground. They are more likely to be suffering from this terrible disease, and like most wild animals, they will bite if you try to pick them up. That is a real danger for rabies (and is true with any sick, wild mammal).

Myth: Bats fly like birds.
Not really! Bats and birds have very different bone and muscle structure for flight. An easily seen difference is in the chest muscles. Birds have huge chest muscles for flight, bats don’t because they use both chest and back muscles.