I found this great bat house for $6.00 at a garage sale. It was never used. It was purchased at a bat conservation fundraiser for about $70.00. It had been hanging out in a damp garage for a few years. It needed some TLC. I brought it home and my husband took it to his shop, sealed the cracks, tightened the joints and primed and painted it the color of the house. One week later it’s hanging proudly on the sunny south side of the house, lookin’ great!
BATS ARE USEFUL, IMPORTANT AND VERY COOL!
We should all be attracting bats our gardens!
Some bat facts from Bats Northwest:
What are bats good for? Lots!!!
From Bats Northwest website:
Bats are a vital part of the ecosystems in which they live. Many are considered “keystone species” because so many other plants and animals depend on them for survival. In each ecosystem that bats inhabit, they play an important part. Fruit-eating bats disperse the seeds of plants critical to habitats such as the deserts of the American Southwest and tropical rainforests. They are increasingly important in natural reforestation of cleared or burned areas. Nectar-eating bats pollinate many important plants, in some cases being the only pollinators. Insect-eating bats eat literally tons of insects every night. If we didn’t have this natural pest control, we would be overrun with night-flying insects such as moths, beetles, flies and mosquitoes. Bats are important for what they provide as well as what they eat. Bat guano or droppings are one of the world’s best fertilizers. And bat guano is also a major source of nutriments for the other life in some cave systems. We can thank bats for healthier crops and healthier people, for being major contributors to such ecosystems as rainforests, deserts, and cave systems, and for providing numerous items of use to humans such as balsa wood, mangos, carob, figs, tequila, cashews, guavas, bananas, rope fibers and fertilizer.
See……. Bats are great!