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Bats and Bat Management

Scott Hygnstrom, Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Certified Wildlife Biologist and Leader of the eXtension CoP for Wildlife Damage Management

Bats are unique creatures in the animal kingdom. They are mammals that can truly fly and many use sonar to echolocate insect prey.
Bats are very beneficial in the environment, but they can cause problems when they occupy our homes, schools, and other structures. Most problems are associated with the guano they leave behind and potential for transmitting diseases to humans, especially rabies and histoplasmosis. We will discuss how to recognize signs of bats and how to conduct a bat watch. Exclusion is the key to managing bat problems, so we will cover how to keep bats out and how to evict them if they get in.


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