[Arid_gardener] bats good or bad?

Linda Drew drew_linda@hotmail.com
Mon, 07 Apr 2003 02:31:19 +0000

Good luck with the bat house. Bats consume night-flying
insects, such as mosquitoes and moths. Most of your
"good guys" such as lacewings and ladybugs, predatory
wasps are active during the day. I have not heard of any
problem with bats eating good guys.

Merlin D. Tuttle's book, "America's Neighborhood Bats",
discusses bat's diet of mosquitoes and various agricultural

I have (so far) been unsuccessful in convincing bats in
Tucson to use a bat house. The ones in my neighborhood
favor the huge old eucalyptus trees for roosts -- and
also the UA football stadium and under the Pantano bridge.

Linda Drew
Master Gardener

>From: "Jonathan Kandell" <jkandell@sysmatrix.net>
>Reply-To: "Jonathan Kandell" <jkandell@sysmatrix.net>
>To: <arid_gardener@Ag.arizona.edu>,   "Organic Gardenling List" 
>Subject: [Arid_gardener] bats good or bad?
>Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2003 11:29:37 -0700
>My community garden recently decided to put in a bat-house. The guy claimed 
>the bats would catch mosquitos, and vine borers and other nasty night 
>insects.  I raised the concern they might also catch the predators I'd 
>worked so hard to stabilize over several years...   Anyone have any 
>experience with bats and vegetable gardens?  I do know bat guano works 
>great, but was wondering about the bats themselves.

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