Bat Houses (or Bat Boxes) are beneficial for many great reasons. Here are a couple of our favorites.
First of all, Bats do a terrific job at “controlling insects”. This is a key issue in parts of The United States where detrimental insects are rampant. Because of their echolocation and maneuverability bats can unsuspectingly swoop down on moths, beetles and most notably mosquitoes. This has major significance whether you’re an experienced farmer or an amateur gardener like most of us are.
Here’s a cool fact, Bats have been known to consume as many as 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour and up to about half of their body weight. 70% of the more than 1,000 Bat species are insectivores, meaning they feed only on insects.
Problems that do occur often happen when migrating bats roost in buildings, usually during warmer months. Their droppings can accumulate, they can make noise, and some people are uncomfortable with close proximity. Bats also can transmit diseases, with rabies being a special concern.
It cases such as these, a Bat Exclusion would be something to consider in conjunction with setting up Bat Box(es).