If you’re not a fan of bats, chances are you dislike mosquitoes and other pests even more. According to data from Bat Conservation International, bats can eat more than 1,000 insects per hour. In fact, bats are one of the most effective natural forms of pest control and pollinators, which makes removing them from a house or property an especially delicate process and even illegal at times.
Here’s what makes protecting our bat population of utmost importance:
Controlling Insect Populations
On a typical feeding night, bats can eat their bodyweight in insects. This means each bat removes thousands of mosquitoes and other nuisance pests each time they feed. Additionally, bats love eating insects that commonly cause problems to food crops. This natural pest management allows for higher quality crops while reducing the amount of pesticide used.
A lesser known fact about bats is that they pollinate flowering plants in a similar way to bees. Without bats, some plants would be unable to bear fruit and spread seeds. Bananas and chocolate are just two of the plants that depend on bats to thrive.
Bats happen to be great natural farmers! They fly at night, often covering large distances. As all animals do, they eventually create waste, which usually contains seeds. When their guano reaches land, it has the potential to grow into a plant. Bats are one of the greatest reasons that forests that have been harvested are able to slowly recover with time.
Do You Have Bats in Your Home?
Bats commonly seek shelter inside attics when they need a place to nest and birth their young. It is illegal to remove bats while immature pups are present as they cannot fly, but we can work with you to create an exclusion plan that safely removes them as they mature. If you think bats have taken up residence in your home, call us today at 561-274-0224 to schedule a home consultation.