BUT did you know that bats can actually benefit neighborhoods? Why, yes the can! Here is how.
Bats feed on many things from fruits to insects, including mosquitoes and moths, thus controlling insect populations in surrounding areas of Houston and other areas where bats are found. Bat houses are a slow but growing investment of farmers and locals which serve as alternative housing for migratory bats.
However, a devastating concern arose in bat populations in North America called the white-nose syndrome (WNS). WNS is a disease that affects hibernating bats and is named for the fungus that appears on the muzzle of bats. This disease is responsible for the death of more than 5.7 million bats in eastern North America. Biologists and other scientists are unsure of what is causing this disease in bats, whether its the caves themselves bringing about the disease or food that they are ingesting.
In Houston, the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony consists of about 300,000 Mexican Free-Tailed Bats, and as of now the WNS has not affected this population. The Waugh Drive Bridge was designed with expansion joints that just happen to be the right size for this species of bat.
The black netting that is seen in the picture above was put in place in an effort to prevent bats from dropping down on runners or bikers on the trails and is only in place above the walk ways/trails.
This was actually a bat that fell down. Be aware that if you go to a bat bridge to spectate, if a bat falls there could be a couple of reasons for its falling such as disease, sickness, or accident, regardless, don't go near it! If they are okay, they tend to find their own way up to higher and safer grounds like this fella ended up doing.