It’s unfair how bad a rap bats get. Between the vampire films, spooky decorations, and blood-sucking ghost stories, you’d think they were all out to get us. That couldn’t be further from the truth: Bats are relatively harmless and rarely bite humans—unless provoked. (So don’t poke!)
Forget their fearsome reputation, and consider trying to attract bats rather than avoid them. If you garden or spend a lot of time outside, bats are quite beneficial. Most North American bats eat insects and offer an excellent alternative to mosquito repellent, gobbling up over 1000+ mosquitoes per hour. An ordinary colony of 75 bats can devour up to 75,000 insects in a single hour—talk about organic pest control! Another perk: bat droppings, otherwise known as guano, act as a nutrient-dense fertilizer, making that garden of yours thrive like never before.
(On just a quarter-acre of land, you can produce fresh, organic food for a family of four—year-round. Rodale's The Backyard Homestead shows you how; get your copy today.)
So how can you bring bats to your neighborhood? Like all creature, bats seek food, water, and shelter. Here's how to make your backyard move-in ready for these productive creatures.