Are you interested in a good form of organic insect control? Create a welcome environment for bats in your garden. You know, those ugly creatures you see in the horror films.
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Bats love to eat bugs. It is said that a bat will consume the equivalent of it’s body weight in insects every night. It is also said that bats seldom eat insects that are beneficial to your garden. Since bats cruise around at night, they eat a large number of moths and other night flying insects.
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Many commercial fruit growers install bat houses in their orchards to help with insect control.
I've got to admit that I really don't know much about bat farming, if that's what you call it. Probably not. But anyway I have never attempted to attract bats to my garden. No particular reason, but I'll bet my wife could give me plenty of reasons. She's not real crazy about bugs or spiders, let alone bats!
For more information about this unique form of organic gardening write to the Bat Conservation International Research Group, P.O. Box 162603, Austin, TX. 78716.
You can also obtain a copy of the "Bat House Builders Handbook" from the University of Texas Press, P.O. Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713-7819. I don’t know if there is a charge for this publication. You’ll have to write and ask.
I ran across a mail order catalog that lists a redwood bat house for sale. The sales copy in the catalog states that every North American bat consumes over 1,000 mosquito's, moths, and beetles every night. This 16"x9"x9" bat house can attract up to 30 bats at one time! Price $34.99. This catalog is also full of all kinds of neat things for your house and yard. Write for a catalog. Improvements, Hanover, PA 17333-0084.