Batty about bats

I received a great little story from Seventh Generation, the cleaning company, about bats, and the author suggested we think about putting up our bat houses earlier than usual this year, especially since the winter has been so mild.

When I was young, I was terrified of bats because of silly vampire stories. Ugh. But as I learned more about them, I became a big fan. Watching them head out on their evening hunts is one of our favorite past times during the summer months. Their flight is so awkward and funny. We also know that each bat can eat around 3,000 mosquitoes, and that is a really good thing. Then there is bat guano, which I could talk about for hours. It is an amazing fertilizer and is known to break down bacteria in fantastic ways. It is being investigated as a method for cleaning landfills. Check out this great story on Bat Conservation International (BCI).

To help bring these furry critters into your neighborhood so that they can start their feast on mosquitoes (what is not to love about that?), both BCI and the National Wildlife Federation have plans to help you make and install your bat home.

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