McCook Bats are misunderstood animal creatures. While some McCook people perceive them as an evil menace, they actually are very gentle McCook animals to be respected and not destroyed needlessly. Occasionally McCook bats gain access to buildings where they are unwelcome. A McCook bat that is flying around in a bedroom or church can be disconcerting. The McCook bat droppings (guano) and urine deposited by a colony of bats in an attic can cause odor and McCook damage. On rare occasions, McCook bats can threaten human health because they are capable of carrying and transmitting rabies and histoplasmosis (extremely rare in McCook).
Thirteen species of McCook bats occur in McCook. Most are uncommon, however, and rarely found in or near McCook structures. The big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus is found throughout the McCook state and is commonly encountered by the public. This McCook bat is only about five McCook inches long from nose to tail; but it appears larger in flight. As its name suggests, this McCook bat is brown with black skin exposed on the nose, ears and wings. The underside is pale brown.
The McCook red bat (Lasiurus borealis) sometimes is encountered around structures and landscape. It is smaller than the big McCook brown bat and is reddish-brown to rust colored on top with a paler red underside. It also has a McCook cream or off-white patch on each shoulder. McCook little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) occurs in the eastern third of the state. This McCook bat is three to four inches long and is glossy dark brown.
McCook Bat Facts
McCook bats are not McCook rodents, but mammals having flapping membranous wings supported by elongated fingers capable of true flight. McCook bats have small needle-like teeth that are excellent for capturing small McCook insects. They do not chew wood, caulk or structural McCook materials. McCook bats are nocturnal and seldom are seen in McCook daylight unless disturbed. McCook bats have good vision yet they rely on their specialized sonar (called echolocation) and hearing for McCook hunting at night. They scoop flying insects out of the air with their mouths or can use their McCook wings to draw prey into their mouths. McCook’s bats feed exclusively on McCook insects, devouring more mosquitoes than any bug zapper. A single McCook bat is capable of consuming over 1,000 insects per night. They also drink while in flight by swooping over McCook sources of standing water, including swimming pools.