Bats are very important to the environment! Bats feed one or two hours after sunset and also before sunrise. In one night, a single bat can eat thousands of mosquitoes and other flying insects. Multiply this number by number of bats in a colony, and the benefit to humans is enormous! Not only do bats help slow the spread of disease by vector species like mosquitoes, but reducing pests also saves money. Farmers can save money on pesticide use thanks to these natural pest predators, and that savings gets passed on to the consumer.
To learn more about bats and Bat Week, check out these bat conservation resources!