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Natural Mosquito and Pest Insect Control

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As day turns to night and mosquitoes become more active, tiny insect eating microbats are stirring in their hollow tree roosts, getting ready to devour their own body weight in pest insects such as mosquitoes, midges, flying termites, weevils and lawn beetles.

Microbats, as their name suggests are small, from 3g to 150g in weight and with a wingspan of up to 25 cm. Unlike their larger relatives the Flying Foxes who use sight and smell to find a vegetarian meal, microbats use the unique method of echolocation, a type of biological sonar to locate moving prey. A single microbat can catch 1,200 mosquito-sized insects in just one hour.

Although the human ear is incapable of hearing such high frequencies, there is one species of microbat that is only just audible and can be described as sounding like two twenty cent coins tapping together every second.

Of the 70 species of bats native to Australia, over 60 are microbats and half of those are endangered mainly due to habitat loss from land clearing, and ingratitude. In desperation, refugee colonies have been known to roost under building eaves, in roofs and even under collapsed sun umbrellas.

By encouraging microbats to our backyards by putting up artificial roost boxes we can enjoy the benefit of natural chemical-free mosquito and pest insect control, and help the bats recover from endangered status.

Click here to download instructions for building a microbat box

Click here to download drawn microbat box plan

For more information or to become a bat carer go to www.bats.org.au, and if you find a sick or injured bat do not attempt to touch it as it may bite. Call the Bat Conservation & Rescue Qld 24 hour rescue mobile: 0488 228 134 (AUSTRALIA)

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