When it comes to insects most gardeners can use all the help they can get fending off these unwanted insects. One great garden helper that most never think about is bats! Bats can eat 1000 mosquitoes in 1 hour! That’s great news for any outdoor enthusiast. In addition to mosquitoes a bats diet consists of cucumber beetles, stink bugs, June beetles, leafhoppers, corn worm moths and other insects.
Bats not only eat pests that feed on our much loved plants but they also create great fertilizer. Bat guano is high in nitrogen making a perfect supplement for evergreens, hydrangeas, dogwood trees, and berries. Bats are also great pollinators and aid in seed dispersion. Peaches, almonds, figs, dates, bananas and more all rely on bats for seed dispersal.
If you live in areas with high scorpion or centipede populations you will be happy to know their poison has no effect on bats. This means scorpions and centipedes are a great food source for Pallid bats; just another way bats can help keep your garden safe for you and your family.
To think bats do all this for us while we sleep! Unfortunately, almost 40% of bat species in America in a steep decline or endangered. The good news by setting up a safe home for bats you can have a part in their preservation. Bat houses are a great way to attract bats to your garden. Bat house help build populations by giving bats a place to roost and raise their young, plus they are a great place for bats to hibernate through winter.
By giving bats a place to live they reward you with so much. Most of the 1200+ species of bats can fit in the palm of your hand, which means you can get a big bat population in a small space. They are also very clean as they groom themselves similar to cats and primates. In fact bats are actually more closely related to primates and humans than the rodents people so often compare them to.
For the best results in attracting bats to your garden place the bat house close to a water source and in a location sheltered from the wind. Our nocturnal friends will handle the rest and before you know it your new bat populations will taken care of those pesky insects feeding on your prized tomatoes.
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