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The Reason Why Millions of Bats Dying is Scarier than Dating Taylor Swift

bat eating grape

bat eating grape

Bats aka devil birds are funny looking. Those little evil winged spawn of satan sleep upside down. They scare little kids.  Why should we care about them ?Well bats are great for pest control.  They are worth about 3 billion per year for the U.S agriculture. Bats are the only flying mammal in the world.  They kinda look like a cute flying dog. I recently learned that bats eat mosquitoes !! I need to adopt some bats for our house.  Now more than ever since everyone is freaking out about zika.  Bats eat all kinds of other bugs too.  Bats and bees both pollinate plants. They do all that work and don’t ask nothing in return. 

 

Little_Brown_Bat_with_White_Nose_Syndrome_(Greeley_Mine,_cropped)Unfortunately just like bees bats are dying by the millions.  The dreaded White nose syndrome has killed over 5.7 million bats since first discovered in 2006.  This fungus grows on bats while they are hibernating and damages their wings.  The fungus messes with the bats hibernation. Bats eat a certain amount of food to gain fat so they can sleep thru winter.  The fungus wakes them up and bats start flying around and acting like they normally do in spring. Since it’s winter they can’t really eat much and waste their fat reserves and die.   

The White nose syndrome can only spread by touch so efforts are being made by authorities to either ban entry into batcaves (sorry batman) and or people will have to decontaminate their clothing. There is no current treatment or cure but I hope they find one soon.

sad batman

Updated: June 18, 2016 — 1:25 PM

It’s no secret that bees are dying.

So what’s killing bees ?  Many theories have sprung up but a lot of evidence has come up pointing the finger at Monsanto’s neonicotinoid pesticides.  The European union has banned the use of neonicotinoid pesticides and the bees are coming back.  So what if bees die  those things are scary and build their hive in inconvenient places sometimes.

produce choices with bees and without

The problem with bees dying is that they wont pollinate plants.   So we won’t have enough food to feed animals and people. From a conspiracy theorist point of view it’s a great way to control population and or a way for corporations to take advantage of the situation and make more money.

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Smart countries are now banning neonicotinoid pesticides.  The U.S should make a law limiting the use of neonicotinoid pesticides at least for commercial pesticides. Millions use pesticides to kill bugs and weeds and more often than not harm the good bugs and plants. Then the chemicals get washed away by rain and end up in oceans. This causes algae to grow and soaks up oxygen from water but we will go into detail on that on another post. 

how to help bees

I know I know bees are scary right ?  When ever a bee get’s close to me I swear I turn gay for about 5 seconds and scream and run away.  Everyone who can should plant a garden. Fill it with fruits and veggies.  It’s better than just planting grass.  Can’t eat grass.  Bees will pollinate plants and in return  we can eat their sweet sweet honey. 

Updated: May 22, 2016 — 9:36 PM
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