This article was originally published on Cool Green Science.
“…In Utah and beyond, bats play an important role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem by keeping insect populations in check. Every hour, bats are capable of consuming more than a thousand insects, including disease-carrying mosquitoes and agricultural pests. Bat guano, too, makes for an excellent fertilizer, promoting root growth and healthy soil.
However, it is still wise to ensure a reasonable distance between humans and bat populations. Residents and city officials share valid concerns about the health risks associated with exposure to bats and their droppings, including rabies and histoplasmosis. This balance makes finding suitable homes for these migrating bats even more important if we are to coexist with such complicated species.
“They provide a great service to us,” continues Kolendrianos. “That’s one thing that gets overlooked with bats. If it wasn’t for these creatures, the planet would be overrun with insects. I think that’s why science fiction authors write about bugs. It would be like an old horror movie.”…”
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