I am so sick of all these mosquito’s!
This is a common line I hear from many landowners as well as my friends. I often walk through landowners woodlots and they start complaining or mentioning areas they do not go to because the mosquitoes are unbearable. My response is a laugh and then I say “well there is a tree, go buy a bat house”! Often I get a puzzled thought and then response of “really”?! Yes, bat houses are not a cure all but they do help reduce the amount of mosquitoes in an area, least a bit. On average one bat can eat up to 7,000 maybe more mosquitoes in a night!!! ONE NIGHT!!! A tiny little bat consumes thousands of mosquitoes for din din in a night!!! That means get a few bats in there and your problem will be reduced.
Put it up and they will come- I say!
Bats are a hot topic right now in the Midwest and probably other areas, as well. I have been doing research on the Northern Long-Eared bat, Myotis septentrionalis, because it has become an issue here and relates to forestry. It could impact the amount of harvesting done during the summer months. The Northern Long-Eared bat is being affected by the white nose syndrome. It is a fungus that affects the nose, ears and wings of a bat during hibernation. The fungus is cold loving fungus so it attacks them during the cold months; hibernation. The fungus hurts their hydration “processes” and they burn more fat then they should therefore when they wake after a long cold winter they often are dehydrated and die. This fungus is killing thousands of bats.
I have been watching webinars and such on the topic of listing the bat on the endangered species list. There is a lot of controversy because of summer harvesting. Bats roost or sleep upside down in hollow trees and if unknown when a tree harvesting takes place the bats well sadly they die. I believe, correct me if I am wrong, the last I heard was that the bats were listed as threatened.
Awareness needs to be addressed with the subject. We as an economy cannot stop harvesting in the summer months, it would cause crashes in production mills with summer wood and cause more to close. But the bats are also important therefore awareness is key here. So when I tell landowners not to just put up a bat house for their benefits of reduction in mosquitoes and other insects but also so they have a safe place to roost where we are able to tell where they are. Bats get a bad wrap, but really they are harmless and like everything else need to be see as a fluffy little creature so we CARE!
See that tree…put up a bat house….or two or three! Build it and they will come!!