Bats are some of the most misunderstood creatures on Earth. While many ancient cultures perceived bats as purveyors of good health and fortune, the majority of popular myths associate bats with death, disease, ghosts, and graveyards. Contrary to these misconceptions, bats are extremely intelligent, adaptive animals that provide many important benefits to humankind. Many people regard bats as pests because some inhabit manmade structures and may pose a rabies risk. However, bats are unaggressive animals that very rarely interact negatively with humans. Understanding the behavior and habitat requirements of bats can help to minimize conflicts between these valuable species and humans.