In the United States bats consume so many insect pests they prevent billions of dollars worth of damage to agriculture.
Keen to show off its environmental credentials, the eThekwini electricity department is rushing to install wind turbines at the Bluff military base ahead of the UN COP 17 climate change meeting, placing a crucial bat roosting area in jeopardy.
Despite their sometimes negative image - an image that is undeserved - the various species of bats native to Florida are among our best allies in pest control.
The civic leaders of this south Georgia town want it to be known for more than just bats.
Owl, raised in a joint government-Tel Aviv University project, had an identifying ring; boy posts find in online birdwatching forum.
Rats and mice in the home are a real annoyance for homeowners, and even a danger. These uninvited creatures consume everything, from your organic tomatoes sitting on the kitchen table, to breadcrumbs underneath the refrigerator, spreading bacteria and pathogens in the process.
Owls and kestrels are being employed as agricultural pest controllers in the Middle East.
A bat in flight.Bat colonies living in the roofs of farm buildings are at best a barely tolerable nuisance to many farmers. What they overlook is the fact that bats are the major predators of night-flying insects, including many that are important agricultural pests.