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Do More Bats Live in Urban Areas or Wild Areas?

Do More Bats Live in Urban Areas or Wild Areas?

Bats are beneficial:
Bats are often misunderstood because they are active at night. Bats are not dangerous for human being and are normally harmless. Bats are not dirty mammal and are not blind. They do not infest Pennsylvania homes with bedbugs and caught in people’s hair. Bats are very beneficial for insect control in Harrisburg as they are considered the only major predator of the night-flying insects. They are also responsible to pollinate fruit flowers, important source of fertilizer and disperse the seeds in tropical rainforests. This misunderstood is also valuable in medical research. Even for a casual observer, watching as well as learning about the bats could be both educational and fascinating as well.

Bats living in wild:
There are about 1000 species of bats worldwide, exhibiting a surprising physical variety. The bats living I natural habitat can live up to 30 years. They make their roost where they find good foraging habitats like Harrisburg water, woodland and pasture. They also need a better commuting habitat in order to help them travel, safely between foraging grounds and their roost. Some species use the caves for daytime roosting; some species hibernate in caves for winter as caves provide optimal humidity, few disturbances from noise or light and a stable low temperature. Bats are warm blooded so the temperature is important.

Bats living in urban areas:
People and bats are sharing the Pennsylvania dwellings for past thousand of years. As the natural roosting sites like caves and trees have become scarce due to development and Harrisburg land use change therefore several artificial roost have been developed in the form of houses, barns, bridges, icehouses and mines. The man made roosts provide the bats a stable Pennsylvania micro- climate. It is a valid concept that the loss of natural roosts has enhanced the importance of man- made structures for the bats. Therefore such roosts also serve to save a number species. Another reason to make a roost in the Harrisburg houses is the fear of predators especially when there is pup with mother bat.

Bats require different roosting conditions in different Pennsylvania seasons of the year so they often move around in order to find a roost that means their requirements. In warm Harrisburg summers, female bats form maternity roost to give birth to their young ones and ion winter they are ready to hibernate so needs a roost accordingly.

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