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Having Bats in the Belfry is a Good Thing (video)

We had a little fun this week getting settled into our new Green Divas HQ. In this video, we talk about Green Diva Lisa’s travels, having a relatively eco-friendly move and why I’m celebrating having bats in the belfry!

Here is an excerpt from my recent post about bats:

Important Things You Should Know About Bats

Bats & Agriculture

Bats are key pollinators in many parts of the world – over 75% of the world’s crops rely on animals and bats are an important pollinator.

Bat-dependent plants include: Bananas, plantain, breadfruit, peaches, mangos, dates, figs, and cashews. Bats also provide a wonderful source of natural fertilizer for cave ecosystems and agricultural systems as well. In some countries, bat guano has become a major business.

A single mouse-eared bat, which is widespread in North America can capture 1,000 or more mosquito-sized insects in JUST ONE HOUR!

Busting Bat Myths

Bats seldom spread disease – less than 1/2 of 1% of wild bats have rabies.

Bats do NOT want to get tangled in your hair! They have extremely good radar and will not encounter a human by choice.

Vampire bats are rare and NONE live in the US.

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7:07AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Bats are good, UNLESS they are inside your home.

12:40AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

We have thousands of bats here and they are wonderful to see, especially in the summer when they eat rotting berries and keep the mosquitoes and flies at bay.

8:33PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

For those interested in such things, Bat Conservation International (www.batcon.org) is a great source of information, including instructions for building your own bat house.

http://www.batcon.org/pdfs/education/fof_bathouse.pdf

Links to free plans to build (or, for those less architecturally-inclined, to buy) your own bat house can be found at

http://www.eparks.org/wildlife_protection/wildlife_facts/bats/bat_house.asp .

Amazon.com sells them, too.

9:45AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

We have bats around our area, I love watching them swooping in my yard. I do believe they keep the mosquito population down as I haven't seen that many this year.

8:15AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Resending the applicable sorts of things located with bats is aneeded scout, great that it
went altogether..

cool..ikk

8:15AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Resending the applicable sorts of things located with bats is aneeded scout, great that it
went altogether..

cool..ikk

7:54PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Ugh! There are bats flying around and when they get in- especially when I have house guests, it 's a real frenzy. When I don't have company, I open the door slightly just at crack of dawn. Bats follow the stream of air. I have a big bat house, but they still manage to find a way to get in the house.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Bats are fascinating and hopefully they will survive all the problems that they are faced with.

Remember several years ago finding a bat snoozing upside down on the kitchen lace curtain. So cozy there but figured this bat would be happier outside rather than flapping about a small home. Not a lot of space for a bat to fly free and happy looking for insects. Perhaps a few sequestered in the house but not even to fill a bat's hungry belly!

Picked the bat up gently, woke it up and a few outraged squeaks and attempts to bite with the rather sharp teeth. Held the bat so it could not bite me and opened the door. Soon it flew off into the blue sky no doubt finding another more natural resting place before the darkness came for the sounding of the dinner bell.

3:05PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Great info and a good reason to appreciate bats.

6:36PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

I love bats

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