BATS, Why They Are Important, And How To Get Bats To Make A Home In Your Yard.
Bat Box Building Plans
All About Bats
Bats love night flying insects like mosquitoes. So if you have a real mosquito problem in your neighborhood maybe you need to get bat friendly and invite a few of the critters to live in your yard. Did you know that a single bat eats hundreds if not thousands of mosquitoes in a single night and a small colony of bats will eat thousands of mosquitoes in a night. So yes you do want bats in your yard and garden.
Bats locate their prey by echolocation. The bat sends out sound waves simular to sonar and then interprets them to find their next mosquito meal. If you can watch them in flight under a street light you can watch them do some amazing flying while they are hunting down their insect prey.
A colony of 200.000 bats will consume about 2 tons of insects a night. They are also involved in pollinating plants and helping to disperse seeds. Birds eat the insects that are awake in the day time and the bats go to work at night. And the average adult bat eats 4000 mosquitoes in a single night so be good to them if they live in your back yard or neighborhood.
Bats never attack people and only get near people when they need water. If you are in your pool at night they may come in for a drink but they will leave as soon as they have their fill of water. They aren't there to get in your hair and no they aren't going to turn into anything.
You can build a bat box to draw a small colony of bats to your yard. And if you click the below link you can download plans to build a bat house for free.
Morphology Of A Bat
Bats Are Some Amazing Creatures.
You will find plans above for a Bat House. Your Bat House needs to be located near a body of water or pool and about 20 foot up a tree.
Many people view bats as sinister demon creatures but this is far from the truth. A bat wants nothing to do with humans. A bat is not going to fly in your window and turn into a vampire. But there are vampire bats whick are one of many in the many species of bats. One very important thing to keep in mind is that bats hunt at night when you are usually in the house. And if you have a mosquito problem in your yard or neighborhood you couldn't have a better friend than a bat or a colony of bats. One adult bat can eat 5000 pesky mosquitoes in a single night.
Remember the old saying " Blind as a Bat " well its not true bats can see quite well plus they have their own built in sonor which enables them to find their insect prey even on dark moonless nights. I've watched them do some amazing flying at times and it was only after I started studying about them that I discovered they were chasing down insects as they fly. So yes bats are some really amazing creatures
And you have to remember that bats are mammals the same as you, me and that dolphin down at the Sea Aquarium. They give birth to live young and their young suckle their mothers.
Bites don't bite unless they are cornered and often not even then and they don't carry rabies any more than other wild animals. Bats are the only flying mammals and they are the second largest group of mammals in the world. No they are not birds. They are mammals the same as you and me. They do have that weird habit of sleeping hanging upside down.
And finally only vampire bats drink blood and they live only in Central and South America.