There are benefits to having bats around

If you’re afraid of snakes, spiders and mice, chances are you’re not too fond of bats either. They may be scary, but if you’re a gardener there are some amazing benefits to having bats around.

First a few facts about bats:

Bats make up almost a quarter of the entire mammal population and they are the only mammals that fly.

Seventy percent of the more than 1,000 bat species feed exclusively on insects, and some bats catch upwards of 600 mosquitoes per hour.

Only three species of bats spread rabies (and they live in Central and South America).

If you place a bat house in your yard, it will be occupied within an hour.

A bat can consume one quarter to one half of its body weight in insects each night. A nursing mama bat can eat more than her body weight in insects nightly.

Benefits of bats for your garden:

If you are trying to avoid toxic chemicals and insecticides in your garden, bats are a powerful helper.

Read more at tctimes.com

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