When most people think bats, they think vampires and most importantly Dracula. While vampire bats are a real thing, and yes they do want to suck your blood, many bats are harmless to humans and simply want to live their little bat lives eating bugs and fruit. So, where and how did bats start to get such a creepy reputation?
While Bram Stoker brought the idea into a mainstream view with the release of his novel, the idea of bats being associated with vampires has been around for quite some time. More than likely, it does have something to do with vampire bats and the gross bat poop, as many ancient cultures probably experienced either their cattle or themselves being fed on by these creatures. The idea that Vampires can transform into bats makes sense, as bats are nocturnal and so are vampires and they each have an air of mystery and creepiness to them.
Many of the bats you may see in your neighborhood or just flying through the night sky are either fruit bats or brown bats, both are common in North America and neither have any interest in you or your blood. While being bitten by a bat may not turn you into a vampire, which would actually be really cool, they can spread diseases that are not as fun as vampirism.
Make sure if you come into contact with a bat you use all necessary precautions and safety measures and contact a professional or seek medical attention should a bat bite you or come into direct contact with you.