Bats imply vampires and blood-sucking, but these gentle and helpful (yes, helpful) creatures are a good friend to the gardener. Bats can consume thousands of night-time flying insects that are waiting to dine on your plants – or even on you.
Bats eat mainly flying insects – and they eat them as they’re flying around from sunset to sunrise. On the typical bat diet are any bug that flies, including mosquitoes and moths.
Contrary to common belief, bats don’t bother humans. The only thing they’re interested in at night is eating and during the day they sleep. If bats creep you out, learn more about them at your local zoo or online. It’s the myths that we’re scared of.
What IS true about bats:
- They sleep upside down
- They locate their dinner via echo-location
You can attract a bat colony by building or buying a bat house. It needs to be accessible from the bottom with vertical surfaces on which they hang. Place your bat house high under your eaves or on a pole near your garden. If there are bats in your neighborhood, they’ll find your new bat digs.
Bat poop (guano) is excellent fertilizer for the garden, so make plans to gather it by removing from underneath the bat house. Use to heat up your compost or directly onto fallow beds in the fall in preparation for spring planting.
Get to know your local bats today.