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Bats in your garden: Go Batty!

Bats in the belfry?  Nah.  How about bats in your backyard?  YES!  

Bats can work as natural pesticides.  One lone single bat can catch HUNDREDS of insects per hour.   Bats can protect gardens and farms from damage by many pests including moths, June beetles, moths, mosquitoes, and more.  

If you'd like to use bats to protect your garden or crops, you might need to get them into your yard.  Luckily, it's easy to attract bats.

Wild About Gardening recommends:  "To turn your garden into a bat magnet, start by enticing night-flying insects with plants that bloom both day and night. Choose bittercress, four-o'clock, fireweed, goldenrod, phlox, wild sweet-William, bachelor's buttons, and cardinal flower, as well as aromatic herbs like lavender, spearmint, thyme, and sage. Arrange plantings in clumps to concentrate food sources."

The Bat Conservation Trust has a PDF with tons of great info on getting those bats into your yard.

You can also buy a Bat Conservatory, like this one from Real Goods.  

Lastly, don't be scared of bats.  There's lots of creepy folklore surrounding bats, but they won't bother you anymore than squirrels.