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Are you fascinated by bats? Have you ever wanted your own Batmobile, Batphone, or Batarang? If you’re counting down the days until the new Batman movie premiers (July 18th, 2008), now is a good time to learn more about the fascinating creatures that inspired the franchise.
There are several major cities with bat colonies. The largest urban colony in North America is in Austin, Texas, under the Congress Avenue Bridge. It has approximately 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats and during the summer they eat 10,000-20,000 pounds of insects every night. Another bat colony with large numbers year-round can be found in Houston, Texas. Many other bat nesting sites are scattered throughout Texas and other US states bordering Mexico, including New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
Here’s what it looks like when the bats take flight at sunset:
Bats do a wonderful job of controlling insect populations. Recent studies have shown they eat as many insects as birds do – without their insect control efforts, farmers would lose millions of dollars of crops. Bats are a natural alternative to pesticides. Instead of spraying thousands of gallons of chemicals, many cities have started building bat friendly bridges and protecting bat habitat from development.
Is your yard infested with bugs? One brown bat can eat up to 3000 mosquitoes each night. Bats also control other insects that target humans as well as bugs that like to eat landscaping plants. Even better, bats turn these pests into a highly effective fertilizer.
If you’d like to reduce your use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, why not invite some bats to roost in your yard? With a bat house, you can encourage these insect eaters to start their own small colony. If you have a serious insect problem or if you have Wayne Mansion sized yard, this Deluxe Bat House can provide a home for three times as many bats.
Don’t forget to pick up a Bat Gizmo to complete you Batman experience. This Bat Detector is an amazing gadget that makes ultrasonic bat calls audible to the human ear. With it, you can listen in on your new pet bats and hear how grateful they are for your hospitality!
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