Benefits of Bats Around Your Yard
Despite the bad reputation bats have for flying into hair, being little vampires and spreading rabies, bats are actually helpful to gardens and can be one of the best friends you can have for your backyard.
- There are over 900 species of bats around the world, making up 20% of all mammals and the only mammal that has the ability to fly. A bats diet consists mainly of insects that can be harmful to humans as well as gardens.
- Mosquitoes, gnats, moths and midges are all very appetizing to our bat friends. One bat can consume up to 1200 mosquitoes in an hour, thus helping to prevent unwanted bites by the real vampires (mosquitoes) and provide a natural cheap way of pest control. By having a taste for moths, bats can reduce the number of caterpillars who love to chomp on your crops. What a bat eats must come out. Bat excrement which has no odor, also known as guano, is rich in phosphorus and nitrogen which helps make soil more productive, which means they also help to fertilize your garden. And, some species of bats are even capable of pollinating your garden.
- Since bats and birds have different diets, you will never have to worry about your favorite birds competing for food and flying away. If you didn't like bats before, please reconsider how helpful these very misunderstood little furry creatures can be.