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RE: Re: Happy Bats


It probably depends on the type of bats.  They aren't all insect eaters,
though most are.  It would be hard to drop live vaccinated insects, I would
think, but who knows with today's technology?  I believe some bats eat
fruit, too.  

Blessings,
Bonnie (SW OH- zone 5) 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Bonnie Holmes
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2006 6:35 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Re: Happy Bats

In our area, fox and skunk carry the most rabies.  Fortunately, we have been
part of an experiment where vaccination is achieved by dropped food. 
Wonder if this could be done for the bats?


> [Original Message]
> From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 8/30/2006 9:26:22 AM
> Subject: [CHAT] Re: Happy Bats
>
> Yeah, it's here.  Had some people die from Rabies here, they found  
> lots
of 
> bats with rabies.  Bats have always been a bit of a concern, they  
> seem
to like 
> to live in the walls of appartment buildings.  So they are  often 
> "exterminated", unfortunately.  But it's like that with  everything.
People like the 
> beneficial critters (bees, bats, etc.) as long  as they are not IN 
> their
house.  
> It's not quite as bad as it sounds, like it's open hunting season on 
> bats
or 
> anything.  It's basically within apartment complexes where the bats 
> seem
to 
> make homes.  In a way I understand, since hundreds can colonize in a
wall, 
> the smell of the bat guano is terrible, and they make a ton of  noise. 
Now with 
> the rabies scare, it has just gotten more  publicity.   There are plenty
more 
> bats around though.....they sell  bat houses in stores, etc.  so it's 
> not quite as bad as one pictures with a  bunch of wild Texans running 
> around
shooting 
> at bats.  LOL  No  shortage of bats either way in Texas.  There are
plenty.  
> They even  have tourists that come to view the bats.  People are  
> always warned not to touch the bats, or pick up an injured 
> animal.....to  call
animal 
> control.  
>  
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
>  
> In a message dated 8/29/2006 11:02:32 PM Central Standard Time, 
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
>
> I think  Houston or maybe Galveston,
> someplace very humid in Texas is having a heck  of a time with some 
> rabid bats and idiots are running around killing every  bat they can find.
Which 
> of course is a big mistake considering  their mosquito population.
>
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