Movies haven’t always given them a good press, and many people think of bats as nothing more than a nuisance – rather like having flying rats to contend with.
But bats, like bees which are also threatened, are essential to the survival of the human species. Among other things, bats keep the insect population in balance and without them, the eco-system could go badly array.
Unfortunately, perhaps as many as 50% of the world’s bat populations are under threat. Like the threat to bees, this is one of those extinctions that the human species simply cannot afford.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that we can do something about it. It doesn’t cost a lot and comes with considerable built-in reward. That’s because bats are marvellous natural pest controllers. A single bat can eat up to one thousand mosquitoes in one hour and they don’t even require batteries and electricity to keep running.
The environmentally friendly way for many of us to contribution to the solution of the threatened bat is to get a bat house.
Bat houses are available on-line, on both Amazon and e-bay, and they are often sold in local home centers. Like bird houses, bat abodes can make both an interesting and attractive addition to the garden. . For the really environmentally friendly and handy types, there are free bat-house plans also on the web.
So for your next barbecue, don’t buy a mosquito zapper or spray repellent. Get a bat house.
Image from TheBetterBackYard.com