Bats can hear, taste, smell and even see just like humans do. In the dark, bats use a special sonar system called ‘echolocation.’ This system allows the bats to emit an echo out to the environment and listen to the echoes of those calls that return from various objects near them. This allows the bat to navigate and find food in the dark.
Using echolocation bats are able to detect objects as thin as human hair in pitch black conditions. Bats are able to find insects as small as mosquitoes, which bats love to feed off of. A common myth that roots from the saying “blind as a bat” is actually false. Bats are not blind, they just rely heavily on their sonar system to navigate quickly in complete darkness.
By Brad Gates, B.Sc.
Brad Gates is the owner and president of AAA Gates Wildlife Control. He has over 35 years experience in the humane wildlife removal and prevention industry.