Bats might look scary and have a bad reputation, thanks to horror films and tall-tales, and also because they can be a nuisance to property owners; but the truth is, bats are friends to us humans, retaining certain traits and behaviors society has benefited from for thousands of years. Continue reading to learn about all the wonderful qualities and characteristics of bats, as well as, the favors they render us humans.
One of the most helpful aspects of bats is their role in insect control. As naturally nocturnal predators, microbats primarily eat insects as their diet. In just one evening, a single bat can ingest over one thousand insects, per hour! And colonies contain thousands of bats! They retain the balance in nature by hunting and feeding off of mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and more. Many of these insects are destroyers of gardens and crops, while many others are simple nuisances to humans and our properties. Bats help control the insect population, keeping camp grounds, parks, backyards, and more insect-free.
Another valuable trait of bats has to do with what comes after feeding time. We’re talking about bat droppings! Guano, the scientific term for bat eliminations, is a highly-purposeful and widely-used fertilizer all across the world. Not only is guano a fantastic natural fertilizer, it is also a natural soil fungicide. It retains certain qualities that speed up decomposition, acting as an activator for soil. And in the past, bat dung was surprisingly used to make explosives due to its natural content of nitrogen!
In addition to their superior insect control abilities and their nutrient-rich dung, bats are also exceptional pollinators. Megabats primarily feed on the nectar of flowers and plants, retaining the some of the plant’s pollen after each visit. They spread this pollen with their bodies as they travel from one plant to another. This is highly beneficial to the Eco-system and the balance of nature.
With the recent and unfortunate decline in certain bat populations, farmers are being left with no other choice but to use pesticides on their vulnerable crops and gardens. Without bats out there, night after night, feeding on thousands of mosquito-sized nuisance insects, crops and gardens are just not as protected as they used to be. No one should ever trap, harm, or kill bats under any circumstance, even if they believe it is ill or rabid. Always contact a state animal control company, or a local bat removal service, for safe and humane bat extraction procedures.