There Are Bats in Dallas

That’s what I said!

microbatI’ve been noticing a lot of bats this season in Dallas and to me, that’s a blessing…

That’s right!

I am so shocked every time I point out a bat to someone in the evening or night time and they nearly panic and run…

Bats aren’t the rabid, blood sucking, scary animals horror movies would have you believe they are.

In fact, they would love to stay away from you and have nothing to do with you! LOL…

They’re your best friends if you’re tired of all the darn mosquitoes biting you at night or during activities in the evening or on the weekends!

Why? Because bats love to eat them! Bats aren’t looking to fly down and latch themselves on your neck. They’re not stupid animals…

They are mammals, first of all, and have a highly developed sonar system. It is very, very unlikely that a bat would ever run into you unexpectedly.

They don’t have great eyesight, but they know that you’re there. What’s amazing is we usually don’t know they’re there and we’re supposed to be so much more intelligent and well adapted…LOL

Okay…other than owls, birds sleep at night. So, when you see a “bird” at night and it’s flying somewhat sporatically, it’s a bat!

Just knowing this one fact will open your eyes to bats…

Look at the night sky on a balmy night – surely you’ll see one and you’ll be amazed and happy to know that your insect exterminators are happily hard at work.

They’re amazing and I’m so happy to have seen so many of them this year. They really keep the insect problem at bay when they’re around – they love all flying insects including moths!

So, when you see your “first” bat in the night time sky, point it out to someone and tell them about bats…they’re an important part of our ecosystems and a much needed insect eater! Enjoy them!

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I hope you enjoyed this Mammal post on Exotic Animal Lover! Until next time…

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Kimberly Edwards :)

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16 Responses
  1. veronica white says:

    I have seen bats here in Parker Tx, and have always enjoyed them. After the big storm we had a few nights ago there were 2 bats hanging from my laundry room window screen. One was the mom and one was the baby. They were so cute and amazing to see that close up! Their little claws hung perfectly on my screen. Since seeing them hanging like that I have been wondering where they sleep during the day. Do you have any idea?

  2. Kimberly says:

    Hi Veronica…

    Well, they`ll find holes in trees, a cave or somewhere quiet, moist and dark…Yes, they can be very cute, especially with their babies. That`s a really close encounter many people don`t often get a chance to experience, Veronica! Wow…

    Kimberly :)

  3. Ethan Guerre says:

    I have seen bats flying around in my backyard and neighbor’s yard for the last week. I have never before seen bats in Dallas, TX. The mosquitos here have been bad, and tonight 8-16-2012, Dallas has begun it’s air spraying of chemicals to eliminate the mosquitos carrying West-Nile virus. Standing outside, I saw one of the planes fly by, it looked like a bomber, and low with two streams. I saw one of the bats ‘fluttering’ around in it’s new area as the plane swept back, and I wondered how this chemical treatment might effect them and the other creatures I love.

  4. veronica white says:

    It was pretty awesome. I didn’t know what it was at first and thought there was only one. But unpon closer inspection I saw that the baby was almost underneath the larger one. It was a great experience other than stressing out about their well being! I was worried they had gotten hurt in the storm. They flew away as soon as it was getting dark. Very cool. =)

  5. Kimberly says:

    Exactly, Ethan…that’s exactly right. It will affect the bat population, most certainly. Not only will it affect their food supply, but the spray is probably chemical in nature. Who knows what it could do to wipe out populations of bats, one of our most beneficial creatures around. They help keep most bug infestations in check in nature.

    Bats are wondrous to watch fly around in the summer nights. I’m surprised you haven’t seen them before in Dallas. Maybe you just never noticed them with their unbelievably stealthy natures.

    Kimberly :)

  6. Kimberly says:

    They are so very cool…I agree! I love pointing them out to people…if you are aware, you’ll see them all the time, in almost every part of the world at twilight through the night.

    So quiet, so amazing…TY for sharing, Veronica!!! :)

  7. veronica white says:

    My husband and I used to see them ALL the time in Vegas. We would go for walks and they would fly around kinda early so we would say “the early bat gets the cricket”. Hee hee. Love seeing them.

  8. Karen says:

    I would like to place a bat house in my backyard. What are the species of bats in the north dallas area?

  9. Cathy says:

    I live in Denton (northeast area) and I saw my first bat tonight! I was so entranced watching it while on an evening walk at dusk. I watched flit around about 15 -20 ft. overhead. When I read your posts about its erratic flight pattern, I knew that is what I saw! Very cool! I’ll be watching for them now! We need all the help we can get with mosquito control here in Denton. Now I want to put up a bathouse!

  10. Kimberly says:

    That’s very cool, Veronica! TY for sharing all the way from Las Vegas! That’s very cool, and yes, I guess they would “get the cricket” lol! I enjoy seeing them as well…it’s a comfort to me knowing they are alive and well, and handling our insect pest problems naturally!

  11. Kimberly says:

    I am writing a post right now for you, Karen! :) Will come and leave the link in a new comment to you as well.

    Kimberly :)

  12. Kimberly says:

    That’s so awesome! I’m so very glad I gave you the information you needed to identify what you were seeing. What a special “a-ha” moment, isn’t it, Cathy?!!

    Yes, bat houses are great…just keep in mind, you will need to maintain them like you would a birdhouse by cleaning it out each season, etc, to disinfect it. But, what a fabulous idea, Cathy! Keep doing what you’re doing! I do hope you continue to share your experiences with us here!

    Kimberly :)

  13. Kimberly says:

    Hi Karen – as promised, I did a new post telling you all about the species in Texas and outlining some of their home ranges: http://ExoticAnimalLover.com/2012/09/what-bat-species-are-in-texas-usa

    Hope this answers your question adequately! TY so much for sharing here…

    Kimberly :)

  14. Susan says:

    I would love to know more about building(buying) and maintaining a bat house in N. Dallas and also how to attract bats…

  15. Kimberly says:

    Hi Susan…I will soon write a post to address this issue, as it is very worthy of discussion.

    I will also reply again to your comment with the link in the reply to the new post.

    Kimberly :)

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