Bats keep other pests at bay
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Benefits of bats
Bats perform a number of useful functions besides acting as inspiration for vampire stories and driving crimefighters to adopt rubber ears as a fashion statement. Here are five benefits of bats you might not know:
Bugs hate & fear them
Most bats eat beetles, moths, mosquitoes and other pesky bugs — sometimes hundreds in a single hour! And insects, a cowardly and superstitious lot, can hear bats up to 100 feet away and steer clear of bat-patrolled areas.
You can build your own batcave
If you live near bats, a bat box on your property lures them away from your home, aids in conservation by giving them a habitat, and scares away insects by providing a bat-gathering place. The open-bottom design of bat boxes make them unlikely to attract birds, mice or squirrels as residents. Plus, it buys you major nerd cred.
Help them; we’re their only hope
About 40 percent of the 45 bat species in the U.S. are considered endangered. Bats rely on a delicate environment for survival, and anything that knocks it out
of balance – industry, pollution, deforestation – can kill them. For this reason, ethical pest control companies don’t kill bats in homes. Rather, they remove them and block their entry points.
There’s value in their precious bodily fluids
You might think of vampire bats as bloodsuckers, but truth is, our blood may benefit from them. Vampire bat saliva secretes an anticoagulant – known as draculin, because of course it is -- to keep the blood flowing while they eat their prey. Scientists believe bat saliva can be used as an effective treatment for stroke victims and for those who require a blood thinner.
You wouldn’t have chocolate without them
Bats are major pollinators for a number of plants, including bananas, coconuts, cloves and vanilla. They also spread seeds for almonds, figs and cacao, which produces raw chocolate. So thank your local bat the next time you eat
a chocolate-covered banana.