Each suborder has their own set of attributes, qualities, and attributes. Megabats dine on the delicious nectar, juices, flowers, and pollen of fruit, which is the reason why they are colloquially known as fruit bats. Whereas Microbats have a tendency to stick with a vast range of small to medium-sized insects. Because we can probably agree that fruit is sweet and filling, most people can understand what tastes good to a fruit bat.
But what about microbats? Do insects all taste alike, or are there bugs that taste better? Well luckily, researchers at both the United Kingdom’s University of Bristol and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario Canada wished to know what Microbats like to eat the most. So they decided to do a research to find out their favourite meals! Read on to find out what they discovered and how.
Known as little brown bats, Myotis lucifugus are a common species of microbat now being threatened by a deadly fungal disease called White-Nose Syndrome. This fungus resembles a white powder which covers their nose and face. It disrupts hibernation, causing bats to apply their energy reserves and die.
Researchers wanted to learn about the surrounding environment, so they started by extracting the DNA of pests which were found at the bat guano samples. Bat Removal then identified the small regions where the insect DNA was extracted, and matched that information to the databases of insect DNA. This gave them the exact species of insect which bats were eating. And here’s what they found!
Their studies indicated that bats prefer to consume insects which live close to bodies of water, such as rivers, creeks, streams, and ponds. From the research, they also concluded that little brown bats are “locavores”, meaning they travel just a few hundred meters from home each night to search for food. Additionally, their diet varies with the seasons, and also the type of prey available to them.
Bats, though fascinating to learn about, may also be a pest to a lot of property owners. They could enter buildings and homes, construct nests, create enormous unsanitary messes, and trigger expensive damages. If you’re experiencing bat problems, or suspect you have a bat in the attic or other area of your home, contact a trustworthy pest management company immediately for non-lethal bat removal services.