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Bats are strange and amazing animals we do not often get a chance to see. Nocturnal and usually residing in high or dark places, bats are extremely useful to humans through their ability to consume a large amount of insects every day. Up to nine species of bats can be found in the District of Columbia, and some species can eat up to 600 mosquitos in an hour. Can you imagine what life would be like without bats to take care of so many of these blood-sucking insects?
Bat-human interactions do not occur often, but when they do, they can be stressful for both the bat and the human. Occasionally, a bat might make its way into a room in your house, or somehow wiggle his way down the chimney and into your living room. No need to panic. Bats are not typically aggressive, and you do not need to worry about a bat flying onto you purposefully. Keep close to the walls to avoid a collision with a bat during their U-shaped flight patterns.
In the case that you may have a family or colony of bats living in your attic, there are many exclusion techniques you can use in order to allow the colony to leave but unable to return.
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