If you live near a creek or pond—or have a water feature on the premises—mosquitos can be a frustrating problem during the spring and summer. One viable option for pest control is to introduce bats onto your property. While this might sound like an unnerving prospect, using bats for this purpose is growing in popularity among property owners. Here are some important things to know about the value of bats in the battle against mosquitos.
How It Works
Bats are natural mosquito eliminators, and a single flying hero can consume 10 mosquitos in a minute. The little brown myotis bat is especially fond of this meal, which is lucky since they’re prevalent in Georgia. Since bats and mosquitos are nocturnal and are at their most active and abundant at this time of day, homeowners are catching on to the benefits of providing this pest control smorgasbord right in their own backyards.
To invite bats onto your property for pest control purposes, you must make the premises appealing to them. Most people erect bat houses, which can range in size from a small box mounted on a tree to a large enclosure atop a tall, freestanding tower. Many bat species are drawn to tight, boxlike spaces during the warmer months of the year, making bat houses the perfect guest quarters. You can purchase bat boxes already assembled or make your own.
Bats prefer warmer temperatures, so be sure to mount the house in an area where it will get at least six hours of sunlight per day. If this is tricky on your property, paint the house a darker color that will more readily absorb heat.
In popular culture, bats are often associated with vampires and horror stories. But in reality, bats are friendly and pose no real danger to humans. Insects like mosquitos are really the only creatures that should fear bats. Also contrary to popular belief, bats are extremely clean animals that are constantly grooming themselves to keep their fur soft and unsoiled, and they can live up to 40 years.
While bats are a viable solution to the often overwhelming issue of mosquitos, it's understandable if attracting these flying mammals to your property isn’t your cup of tea. Quality Exterminators of Georgia Inc is here to help. For more than 35 years, they’ve been providing pest control services to Bulloch, Screven, Jenkins, and Evans counties in Georgia, including the communities of Metter, Claxton, Pembroke, and Brooklet. Their pest control and exterminating professionals rid your home of all types of invaders, ranging from mosquitos and cockroaches to rats and mice. To schedule pest removal, contact them today by calling (912) 764-6173 or visiting them online.