Bats and Disease

Surely bats are one of the most interesting and important wildlife pests we encounter in pest control. Bats become pests when they roost in or around human buildings. They can create a major odor problem with their quano, but even more importantly, can carry and transmit human disease. Bat carried diseases are known as zoonoses. […]

Bless the bats of agriculture by Chris Bennett in Farm Press Blog

Little bats play a giant role in agriculture. They account for approximately a quarter of all mammals — a massive army that operates as the scourge of the insect world. Their appetite for insect destruction translates to about $3.7 billion worth of pest control in North America each year, and that estimate is probably on […]

Bat study lands young Texas A&M researcher global recognition

‘What!? No more margaritas!?’ Emma Gomez, a doctoral student in Texas A&M University’s wildlife and fisheries sciences department at College Station, is doing her best to keep that from happening. Gomez is studying the Mexican long-nosed bat, an endangered night-flier that pollinates the agave plant used to make tequila, the key ingredient in margaritas. Her […]

A bat in the bedroom leads to a lesson on rabies

Ann Hawthorne awoke at 2 a.m. on Easter to see what she described as “a shadow of a bird flying past on my ceiling.” She got up, turned on the light and saw the shadow again, flying down the hall, around her condo and back again. A bat. With a 10-inch wingspan. Hawthorne thinks it […]

Notes from the Field: Histoplasmosis Outbreak Among Day Camp Attendees — Nebraska, June 2012

Weekly September 21, 2012 / 61(37);747-748 On June 21, 2012, the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) in Omaha, Nebraska, was notified of an acute respiratory illness cluster among 32 counselors at city-sponsored day camps. Laboratory-confirmed histoplasmosis was diagnosed in one camp counselor. DCHD and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) investigated the […]