The Beneficial Bat House will accommodate about 30 bats.
Our new lineup of products includes the Beneficial Bat House. Why “beneficial”? Because there are many ways that bats help gardeners and farmers. It’s worth the effort to welcome bats to your yard.
Nina Fascione, executive director of Bat Conservation International, says that bats are primary predators of night-flying insects, including many of the most damaging agricultural pests, as well as bugs that bedevil backyard gatherings. A single little brown bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquito-sized insects in a single hour. The millions of Mexican free-tailed bats at Bat Conservation International’s Bracken Cave in Texas eat up to 200 tons of insects each summer night. And a favorite target is an especially damaging insect called the corn earworm moth. Scientists recently estimated that bats save American farmers at least $3.7 billion (and perhaps as much as $53 billion) a year in reduced crop damage and pesticide use.
Read All About Bats to learn how to attract bats — and why. All based on research from the experts at Bat Conservation International.
And by the way, only three bat species are vampires and they’re all in Latin America. Vampire bats really do feed on blood, although they lap it like kittens, rather than sucking it up as horror movies suggest. And even the vampires are useful: an enzyme in their saliva is a powerful blood-clot dissolver that is used to treat human stroke victims.