So what, you say?! Bats are vicious (wrong!), are infested with rabies (wrong!), they suck your blood ( wrong!), they and are dirty (wrong again!). Poor little bats; they're probably the most misunderstood animals in existence.
Truth is, we need bats for our very
existence. Without bats, life as we know it wouldn’t exist. Bats eat tons of insects. Really – tons! A single bat eats about 5000 flying insects
per night, per bat! And bats pollinate a lot of plants (but we rarely see it,
since it’s done at night). Without bats,
many of our everyday products (including some heart medicines and foods) wouldn’t exist.
However, a fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome (“WNS”) is killing them by the thousands. It drains all their energy and interferes with needed hibernation. WNS is spreading rapidly. Scientists are looking for a remedy, but right now there is none. Homeowners can help by providing plenty of appropriately-built housing for bats, keeping bat houses clean and not killing their food by liberally spraying insecticides.