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The video that accompanies this article is both freaky and disgusting. It is scary to watch, yet a humble reminder of what natural wildlife has had to resort to. Simply surviving in a world dominated by humans, many creatures have been forced to find new homes beyond their natural habitats. They somehow go on with their own instinctive lives, continuing to breed and do their job in the environment.
Through the growing development of commerce and housing, animals, birds and insects are relocating into our neighborhoods. Bats, raccoons, bees, wasps and more have become the enemy in the civilized world, as infestations are quickly eradicated by professional exterminating companies. Many times, unwanted guests pose no direct health threat, but their presence can be very annoying and scary. Still the slight possibility of being bitten by a bat or stung by an insect does exist.
As natural animal habitats are being destroyed in the quest for a bigger and better world, the non-human beings are discovering new homes. Forests are being cleared for strip malls, restaurants and housing developments, leaving critters to run and fly to a new nest. Bats in particular have found the perfect residence in some types of rooftops. Dark nooks and crannies are inviting to the flying mammal, especially to one without a natural home.
The Spanish style barrel roofing tile has become quite popular in some areas for its decorative design. Although attractive, the curved structure often is not sealed or closed, leaving open access to birds and bats. A simple bird’s nest in the roof structure is one thing, a hive of bees or wasps is quite another. Imagine a colony of bats living just above your ceiling!
Getting rid of unwanted pests inside or outside is usually quite easy, as skilled exterminators offer their services and often guarantee their work. Getting rid of bats is a much more difficult situation, especially in the state of Florida where it is illegal to kill a bat. Strict regulations have been put in place to protect the 13 different species of bats which inhabit Florida. Temperatures, rainfalls and the prevention of the bat being able to re-enter the evacuated site must all come into play. Bats play a key role in reducing the insect population, which is needed in the Sunshine State.
Bats, for the most part, do not rate high on the animal lover’s list. The furry, odd looking creatures with beady eyes and sharp teeth remind most people of haunted houses and vampires. They evoke fear and screams as their environmental importance is quickly forgotten. Bats are found all over the world, in all types of climates, including deserts, swamplands and rainforests. They were designed to help control the insect population and take their job seriously, consuming close to 3,000 insects a night. The nocturnal mammal is not a threat to the human, unless it is infected with rabies and bites a person.
As hundreds and thousands of bats sought a safe refuge and gathered in a colony within the roof tiles of this home in the video, contractors were amazed with the discovery. The Istueta Roofing Company of Miami, Florida was called to this home for a regular roofing job when the colony of bats was discovered. As each tile was removed, it was like a puff of black, furry soot springing up into the air with the explosion of bats! By Florida law, they could only set the critters free, not even trying to kill them. These bats could be Evening bats or Brazilian Free-Tail bats, both of which live in colonies.
The following video will freak you out, but remember the bats just needed a place to live. While they fluttered with the disruption and spread their webbed wings, the bat colony embarked on the task of finding a new home. As the world continues to develop and oust creatures from their natural habitats, it is likely we will see more infestations such as this.
By: Roanne FitzGibbon