Hate Mosquitoes? You Need Bats! Now, Before Spring, Is The Time To Take Control
Spring is just around the corner, and very soon we will be able to start enjoying the great outdoors again. However, in most areas of North America, uncontrolled mosquitoes will wreak havoc on your outdoor activities.
One of the most effective and environmentally friendly ways to control the mosquito population near you is to install a bat house. A small bat can eat hundreds of mosquitoes in a single hour. As the weather warms up, bats will leave their hibernation and start looking Pest Control Standards for new summer homes. With the ongoing land development for housing, commercial buildings, and roads, bats are losing more of their natural habitats every year. A properly built and installed bat house can be a great home for our insect-eating friends for many years.
There are a lot of negative myths about bats, but the truth is that bats are among humanity’s most valuable allies. Bats are the main predators of night-flying insects, and they play a vital role in maintaining the balance of nature. And by eating millions of mosquito-sized insects every summer, bats are also a tremendous help in reducing the use of toxic pesticides and in controlling the spread of the West-Nile virus.
Bats are not blind, in fact, they can see as well as you and me. In the dark, they use echolocation, which is like an internal sonar system that allows them to fly at top speed and catch insects without crashing into other objects. And bats are actually very clean animals that spend a lot of their time grooming their fur to keep it soft and silky. Bats will not disturb backyard feeding birds, and they will stay away from children and pets. It rarely happens, but if you have ever been “buzzed” by a bat, it probably just ate the mosquitoes that were getting ready to bite you.
By putting up a bat house you will help with bat preservation by giving them a safe home. You will also directly benefit from having fewer mosquitoes and other insect pests, Principle And Objectives Of Pest Management and you will enjoy learning about bats and sharing your knowledge with your family and friends. Watching bats can provide you with great back yard entertainment.
However, not all bat houses are built properly. When choosing a bat house, make sure it is certified by Bat Conservation International’s (BCI) Bat Approved Certification Program. Through many years of research, BCI has developed 10 criteria that are essential for bat houses to become “Bat Approved”, which means they are suitable for and preferred by North American bats. Bats are very picky about their homes. Short and stout or narrow houses have a very little chance of attracting bats, where longer, wider houses usually are very successful. Installing a cheaper bat house that won’t attract any bats is a waste of your time and your money. Certified Bat Houses meet or exceed all 10 criteria as outlined by the Bat Conservation International (BCI) Bat Approved …