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Bats and Disease

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

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

Friday, August 9th, 2013

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

Friday, June 28th, 2013

‘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

Monday, May 13th, 2013

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

Friday, September 21st, 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 […]

A primer on bat behavior during the spring bat migration in Texas

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Now that it is spring/summer, we are seeing more bats in East Texas. Some of the species that migrated south to spend the winter in warmer climates have returned to the area. In addition, the major maternity season for bats in the US and Canada is from April through August. The bat maternity season is […]

DEADLY, BAT-KILLING EPIDEMIC TRAVELED BY SHOE A fungus that has caused the deaths of millions of North American bats traveled here on the bottom of a human shoe.

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

  From Discovery News New clues are helping explain the mysteries surrounding white-nose syndrome, a devastating epidemic that has killed more than five and a half million bats in the eastern United States and Canada in just a few years. In the latest advance, the strongest evidence yet suggests that infection with a suspected fungus […]

Texas State researcher warns of coming vampire bat invasion

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Texans are used to putting up with the consequences of notoriously hot summers, but if researchers’ predictions are correct, then record drought and wildfires won’t be the only hazards residents of the Lone Star State will have to contend with in the future. Vampire bats may be on the way. Once only seen in the […]

Bats worth billions to agriculture

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Pest-control services provided by insect-eating bats in the United States likely save the U.S. agricultural industry at least $3 billion a year, and yet insectivorous bats are among the most overlooked economically important, non-domesticated animals in North America, according to an analysis published in this week’s Science. “People often ask why we should care about […]