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Why would I want to attract bats?
Bats are important indicators of a healthy environment. Because they are sensitive to high pollution and pesticide levels, they are useful as a warning sign to potential environmental problems. Also, bats can be important weapons in combating insects that are actually dangerous to humans. A small bat can capture more than 1,200 mosquitoes in a single hour! Also, bats cannot contract the West Nile Virus by eating infected mosquitoes. Besides mosquitoes, bats can help control the populations of beetles, moths, and leafhoppers. Many insects can hear bats up to 100 feet away and will avoid those areas occupied by bats. The effectiveness of bats in some areas diminishes the need for pesticides that can harm both the pests and their natural predators.
Do I have bats in my area? Bats are found on every continent except for Antarctica. They are particularly abundant in North America, and many people in the United States and Canada have bats in their backyard without even knowing it.
What types of bats are in my area? Most areas have several different species of bats. The Big Brown Bat and the Little Brown Bat are the most abundant bats in the United States, and are the most frequent users of bat houses. Other species that may be in your area include the Pallid Bat and the Brazilian (Mexican) Free-Tailed Bat. You can often find out what other types of bats reside in your area by calling your local park service.
How do I attract bats? Putting up a bat house is the first step toward attracting bats. Suitable housing for bats is rapidly decreasing in many areas, as many people view them as pests and try to evict them from their homes. Many people inquire about purchasing bats for their bat house. Bats are a protected species and are considered public domain, which means that it is illegal to own, sell, or purchase bats.
To read more bat FAQs, please visit our Bat House FAQ online.
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