Bats!

by Staff on November 3, 2014

When you think of bats, images come to mind of a crazy animal that attacks you at night. The truth is, bats are a forgotten animal that helps everyone, especially farmers. They come out at night, working while we sleep. They eat a tremendous amount of bugs, ranging from mosquitoes, to moths and beetles. They can consume 100- 600 bugs per hour! They also help pollinate flowers and spread seeds that allow new plants to grow. Bats are very important to farmers. They help protect crops from these bugs that could destroy a farmer’s crop. And since bats are eating these pesky bugs, it saves chemicals that farmers would have to use to protect their crops.
Sadly, bats are on the decline due to a new disease, the White Nose Syndrome. It’s responsible for killing over 6 million bats in just 6 years alone.
Wondering how to attract bats to your farm or land? There are several different things you can do.
No-Till Soil1. Keep your farm natural, allowing wetlands and ponds to stay. They attract insets and will attract bats because it provides insects that bats need to eat.
2. Build a bat house. Bat Conservation International provides instructions on how to construct a bat house depending on where you live.
3. Leave your old wooden barn. It provides the perfect habitat and chances are they are already living in the crevices.
4. Leave old hollow trees alone. Don’t cut them down. Bats often use them as their home.
Education is the biggest tool in protecting bats. To find out more, contact your
local department of natural resources.

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