Answer: Bats are among a gardener's best friends. All bats feed on insects such as moths, mosquitoes, cucumber and June beetles, leafhoppers and even scorpions. In fact, bats are the only major predators of these night-flying insects as well as many agricultural pests. It's a Bat Fact that a bat the size of your thumb can eat up to 600 mosquitoes an hour -- that's 3,000 insects in one night.
Insects are bat food, so create a garden for insects with native plants, night-scented flowers, herbs, and flowering vines. An outdoor light is also a good insect lure. Remember to choose plants that bloom throughout the season (April through October), and choose plants that bloom at a variety of levels; e.g., grasses, wildflowers, shrubs, vines and trees. Good choices for a bat garden include salvia, silene, phlox, stock (including evening stock), cornflower, and spearmint. Flowers that bloom into the evening include four o'clocks, moonflower, and nicotiana.
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