5 Excellent Reasons to Attract Bats to Your Yard (and how to do so!)

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Most of you probably clicked on this article just to be sure you read the title correctly and your eyes were not playing tricks on you. Well, thanks for clicking and yes, today we are going to find out to turn our yards into a bat-hive.

“Why on earth would I want bats in my yard?! They are scary, blood-sucking, disease-carrying…..” Okay, I just had to interrupt that train of thought, because, well, simply because it is wrong on so many levels. Forget the vampire movies, ghost stories, myths, and superstitions. Indeed, these winged creatures are relatively harmless to humans and their presence in your yard would be a great asset. Why?

Five Excellent Reasons to Attract Bats to Your Yard

  • If you got bats, you don’t need artificial fertilizers. Bat droppings are full of nutrients that make plants grow. So, if your yard is positively swarming with bats, then your gardens would thrive. These creatures are excellent for your garden’s environment!
  • Bats are great at pollination. They help in pollinating a large number of different flower species, as well as common fruit trees and plants.
  • They provide awesome acrobatic displays. Remember that early scene from the much popular and quite controversial movie: ‘Batman vs Superman’, where a colony of bats lifts up one of the titular characters from the ground in a spectacular display of awesomeness? Now, you might not get that exact level of grandiosity in your backyard, but you sure would enjoy the sight of bats flitting around your yard during sunset.
  • Recent studies have shown that the bat population has drastically declined due to various reasons, chief among them being habitat loss and the use of pesticides. By making your yard a safe and comfortable place for bats to roost, you are contributing your own quota in saving them from extinction.

Four Ways to Attract Bats to Your Backyard

Tip One: Have a visible and clean source of water

Tip Two: Make your garden work for you

Tip Three: Build a bat house

Tip Four: Leave dead trees and install some lights

A quick word of advice: When it comes to bats, the watchword is patience. If there are still no winged visitors even after implementing all these ideas, then don’t be discouraged. Experts advise that it might take several months to two years to attract their attention, so please do not give up hope. And when they do visit, avoid spraying pesticides as the chemicals are injurious to their health.

Content republished with permission from DIY Home & Garden.

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