We are all too familiar with mosquitoes and the potential harm they can bring to humans and pets alike, from heartworm to West Nile virus to malaria. In 2012, mosquitoes caused 1,868 cases of West Nile Virus in the state of Texas – more than three times the number of cases in any other state. Don't worry, a "dark knight" is here to help with natural pest control –bats!
There are over 1,200 species of bats that pollinate plants, disperse seeds, and eat pests. It's well known that a single brown bat can eat up to 1,000 insects in a single hour. Pregnant females even consume their body weight in insects each night! Not only are bats crucial pollinators in forests and the tropics, but bats are one of the main insect predators. Think of them as natural pest control!
Bat conservation is an essential step in creating and maintaining an organic pest-free environment. You can do your part by installing a bat house, supplying open water resources for drinking, decreasing the disturbance and destruction of caves, and planting and preserving native vegetation.
Treat nature with nature, adopt a bat!