As the weather begins to get warmer, bats will be coming out of hibernation – bad news for mosquitoes, agricultural pests, and other nuisance insects upon which bats feed. Even though bats fill a vital environmental role, there are a number of diseases that a small portion of bats carry that can be transmitted to people, such as rabies. Now is a good time to spread the word to “enjoy bats from a distance”. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has good information on their website about concerns and issues with bats. The link to this information is http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Bats.