Bats Help Battle Crop Pests
Bats get a bad rap. These crop and farm-friendly creatures consume enormous amounts of insects daily.
They eat the beetles, moths, and leafhoppers that cost landowners billions of dollars in damages each year.
Agricultural ally against insect pests. The benefits of bats to farmers go on and on. A few examples:
Myths about bats. Misconceptions about bats abound. For instance, bats are not blind, they do not become entangled in human hair, and they seldom transmit disease to other animals or humans.
Some bats can maneuver like helicopters to pluck insects from foliage, while others fly 10,000 feet high and dive like jets.
Like most animals, bats suffer from habitat loss. Their primary cause of decline is destruction of natural roosts by humans.
Landowners can help by building and putting up bat houses on their property. Information on bats, including how to build a bat house, how to benefit by attracting bats to bridges, and how to protect bats in caves, is available from Bat Conservation International.
For more information about conservation practices that can improve wildlife habitat on your land, stop at the local NRCS office.
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Last Modified: 11/22/2011