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Bats in the Garden

Melissa Dunlap is a writer, editor and blogger specializing in lifestyle communications. Fueled by curiosity, and a tad too much coffee, Melissa enjoys dissecting current trends for the modern woman. When she's not having dance parties w...

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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