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Want Fewer Mosquitoes in Your Garden?

Mar 21, 2018
 

Want Less Mosquitoes in Your Garden?

Growing up in my father's garden, I learned to love bats as much as grow lettuce, sing songs and save seeds. 

Bats play an astonishing role in our world. We would not enjoy mango, banana, chocolate or tequila (from agave) were it not for millions of bats pollinating them each night. Keystone species in nearly every ecosystem, the 1,200+ species of bat account for nearly 20% of mammals on earth. Even if you aren't cultivating guavas in your garden, there are so many reasons to welcome them.

 

Why Bats in Your Garden?

-Bats eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes per hour, often consuming their weight in insects overnight

-Bats also eat Cucumber Beetles, the primary vectors of bacterial wilt.

-Bat guano (dung) is rich, well-balanced fertilizer for your garden. Did you know guano was Texas's largest mineral export before oil? 

-Watching bats fly above the garden at twilight always takes my breath away. They are incredible acrobats (teehee),...

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