Texas A&M experts: Bats save agriculture billions

Texas A&M experts: Bats save agriculture billions

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists and agents are frequently asked about bats. And since the week leading up to Halloween is, appropriately enough, Bat Week, experts from Texas A&M AgriLife and Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, TVMDL, have offered explanations as to why bats are more friend than foe.

“The benefit from bats far outweighs the risk to humans,” said Terry Hensley, DVM, TVMDL associate director, Bryan-College Station. “As long as you use common sense around bats, just like any other wildlife, there isn’t much to fear.”

Bats, in fact, play an integral part in the Texas ecosystem. Many are insectivorous, or insect-eaters, saving farmers’ crops from pest damage. Others are nectivorous and serve as pollinators of some types of fruits, cacti and plants with nocturnal flowers.



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