[it] causes infected bats to awaken more often during their winter hibernation and fly outside in search of insects to eat. This activity uses up stored fat reserves needed to get them through the winter, and they usually freeze or starve to death.This is a big deal because the Show-Me state's 775,000 gray bats alone eat more than 223 billion moths, beetles and mosquitoes a year. This equals about 540 tons. If not preyed on by bats, the pests could cause forest and agricultural damage.
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