One of the greatest threats to bats is the loss of roosts. Millions have lost their homes when old-growth forests were cut, when stags were removed, or when caves were disturbed. In some states, the largest remaining colonies are in bat houses, buildings, or bridge crevices. In Florida, the majority of remaining Brazilian free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) now live in bat houses. In fact, the critically endangered Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus) is now almost entirely dependent on bat houses. Learn more in the Bat Education Zone.
Bats are critical. They keep the vast numbers of pests and insects under control, pollinate flowers, and carry seeds for important plants. Bats also safeguard our health by reducing demands for toxic pesticides—one of our planet’s most serious, but too often ignored, health threats. In fact, a 2011 study published in the journal Science estimated that bats save U.S. farmers approximately $23 billion annually in avoided pesticide use. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department estimates such savings in the Texas Hill Country at $1.4 billion annually. Major savings have been documented worldwide. This link will provide you with many examples, including mosquito control.
Although there are many causes of bat decline, loss of roosting places has been the most serious. BatBnBs are providing safe and comfortable housing for our bat population while serving as a conversation starter to help you educate your neighbors about the vital importance of bats in the ecosystem. Every bat lost means more toxic pesticides in our food and water. By providing shelter for homeless bats, we can improve the future for all. Additionally, a portion of BatBnB’s proceeds will be donated to various bat conservation organizations.