With Halloween just around the corner, it's time to put the spotlight on one of the stars of the season---bats. Their creepy wings and frightening faces are the stuff nightmares are made of, but bats aren't all bad. They're actually a good guy to have around the garden, and here's why.


With Halloween just around the corner, it's time to put the spotlight on one of the stars of the season---bats. Their creepy wings and frightening faces are the stuff nightmares are made of, but bats aren't all bad. They're actually a good guy to have around the garden, and here's why.

Contrary to Transylvanian tales, bats aren't blood-suckers. Their main sources of food are insects, so they can be a great means of organic pest control. Different bat species have different tastes, but they all seem to love eating the insects that annoy us most, including mosquitos. Besides their insect-eating habits, bats can be quite entertaining to watch at dusk.

Attracting bats to your yard only requires a couple things. Bats enjoy nectar, so night-blooming flowers are one way to entice them to stay. Bats also need somewhere to live during the day. A hole in a tree or large birdhouse can prove a perfect sleeping spot for your furry, winged friends.

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