Keeping Mosquitoes at Bay with Help from Bats

bat boxesWe are really in the thick of summer now. With all this heat, the mosquitoes are peskier than ever, buzzing through our backyards like they own the place. Sometimes the insect repellent and citronella candles just don’t cut it when you want to have a BBQ or a bonfire in the backyard. Instead of getting bit up like crazy, consider this easy solution to help reduce the number of mosquitoes bugging you and your friends this summer and every summer to come: Bat Boxes.

What is a bat box you ask? It is a cute little wooden box that can house up to 150 bats inside. Bats, if you didn’t know already, are excellent at insect control and New York is lucky to be home to at least nine different species of them. A single bat can devour as many as 1,000 insects in one night. Just think about how many insects an entire family of bats can devour! And, as an added bonus, having a bat box in your yard will detour these winged critters from taking up residence in your home.

If you are thinking about when you should put up your bat box, there is no time better than the present. According to Marne Titchenell, a wildlife-program specialist with the Ohio State University Extension, bats are most likely to inhabit these houses between the months of April and August (when the female bats look for roosting spaces to give birth and raise their pups).

Interested in learning more about bat boxes, or have other questions about pest control in the Western New York area? Give Comfort Pest Control a call at 716-366-2120.