Bat Facts and Trivia

  1. A single little brown bat (myotis) can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in a single hour, and is one of the world’s longest-lived mammals for its size, with life spans of almost 40 years. (batrescue.org)
  2. Did you know bat droppings (called guano) are valuable as a rich natural fertilizer. Guano is a major natural resource worldwide, and, when mined responsibly with bats in mind, it can provide significant economic benefits for landowners and local communities.
    Bat Conservation International
  3. Did you know that there are more than 1,300 species of bats around the world, all playing ecological roles that are vital to the health of natural ecosystems and human economies. Many of the more than 1,300 bat species consume vast amounts of insects, including some of the most damaging agricultural pests. Others pollinate many valuable plants, ensuring the production of fruits that support local economies, as well as diverse animal populations. source http://www.batcon.org/
  4. Did You Know! Throughout the United States, scientists estimate, bats are worth more than $3.7 billion a year in reduced crop damage and pesticide use. And that, of course, means fewer pesticides enter the ecosystem. Guess bat are not that bad.
    http://www.batcon.org/why-bats/bats-are/bats-are-important
  5. By having a ‪#‎bathouse‬ and just attracting one bat it will consume an average of 900 insects per hour. That same bat in a 6 hour period will consume 5,400 insects. OK, now in a 7 day period that same bat would eat 37,800 insects. One step further in 4 weeks time that same single bat has consumed 151,200 insects. If that one single bat can have that much of an effect on the nighttime bug population in your back yard, just imagine having 2 or more bats living in your backyard bat house for the summer.