Bats Benefit Your Backyard Habitat
- Bats are indicators of healthy environment. The more bats, the lower amounts of pesticides being used in area.
- Bats are the #1 predator of night flying insects.
- Bats help save farmers millions of dollars each year by consuming crop pest insects.
- Bats eat their body weight in insects nightly.
- Bats use echo location to find food at night, primarily nocturnal (similar to dolphins and whales).
- One bat can consume 600-1000 mosquitoes in an hour.
- Bats have young in the spring or early summer.
- Nursing females consume the most insects to feed their young.
- A female will have one or two "pups" a year.
- Females feed their young milk.
- Bats hibernate through winter.
- Bats can live up to 35 years.
- To hibernate, bats require shelter such as attics, caves, bridges, or a bat house.
- Water attracts insects which attract bats. Bats need water nearby.
- Bat Houses can help bats by providing roosting space when natural roosting habitat is scarce.
- A Bat House can hold a colony of up to 300 bats.
- Bat guano makes an excellent fertilizer.
More than 40 North American species of bats have been reported using a bat house.