Bats have had a bad reputation for many years and much of it comes from not understanding this mammal and all of it's wonderful attributes. Halloween, scary stories, murder mysteries and more have used scenarios with bats as a harbinger of bad things to come. Stories of bats becoming entangled in people's hair and attacking at night have added to the fear many people have when it comes to this animal. Vampires and other "horror" scenes have reinforced the idea that bats are "bad news". I'm here to set the record straight!
Let's start with what we know about bats!
Bat are mammals that hibernate like bears in the winter months. Once the weather starts to warm up and the bugs come out of the ground, you will if you are lucky, start to see bats as well.
Of all the animals that you can have in the garden (and all of them have a job to do), I would be encouraging bats to find me. Having a bat box ready for them is step #1. These are easy to build and can be fastened to a nice cozy dry spot. Just under the eaves is a great place.
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