Bat boxes: encouraging natural pest control?

In October last year, we posted a piece of writing about bats, written by Sheryl Gibbons of the buddies of Free Wildlife Association. Sheryl tried to dispell a number of the myths surrounding these gentle mammals, including what to try to to if you discover an injured bat, and why a reputable pest control company will never comply with harm bats (as they’re protected).

But have you ever ever considered bats as a natural sort of pest control?
With the warmth of summer upon us, mosquitoes are a drag for several people. We’ve written many an post about these buzzing menaces, including recommendations on getting obviate them naturally, but in light of a recent article on the Getaway site which stated that increased bat sightings are leaving Joburg residents concerned, we thought we might revisit the subject from a special angle.

What about encouraging bats into your garden by providing bat boxes?
Insectivorous bats are the first predator of night-flying insects and may eat up to 1000 mosquito-sized insects every hour. i feel you’ll agree that at that rate of consumption, having bats around could make your mosquito problem disappear overnight, without the necessity for pesticides.

But nobody wants bats in their roof. That’s why BatBnB encourages people to use bat boxes to make an alternate home for bats to boost their pups and stay safe from predators. While BatBnB is an American site, we’ve sites closer to home offering an equivalent advice, and you’ll buy your very own bat box on Takealot! For the more DIY inclined amongst you, try your hand at building your own bat boxes. Instructions are often found here.

Bat boxes are often placed on a wall, a pole, a tree or shed within the garden, and therefore the shape of them mimics a bat’s natural habitat. For more information on what makes an honest bat house, visit BatBnB. Alternately, consider planting your garden with trees and plants that form a bat-friendly landscape.

  • Some other batty facts about bats:
  • October 24 – 31 is Bat week; an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature.
  • Bats can eat their weight in insects nightly . That’s tons of mosquitoes!
  • Bats are the sole mammals which will truly fly.
  • The bumblebee bat is that the world’s smallest mammal and weighs only 2 grams. It’s roughly the dimensions of a bumblebee and lives in caves in Thailand and Myanmar. These little creatures are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list.
  • Wind turbines are one among the most important threats to the Cape house bat (found in sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Northern Ghost bats (found in Central and South America) are completely white, fairly rare, and are known to sing while feeding.
  • Vampire bats have inspired many an horror story. they are doing indeed prey on blood, but on the blood of birds and cows. Humans aren’t in danger!
  • In China, bats are celebrated as a logo of excellent luck and happiness.
  • For more fascinating information about bats, visit the Bat Conservation International website.

So the next time you see a bat swooping through the night sky, consider the role they’re playing keep your home free from insects like mosquitoes and be glad.