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Attracting bats to your garden

 

The greatest benefits of having resident bats is that they are insect eaters and will keep your garden free of insect pests. They are wonderful seed dispersers and their excrement is an organic fertilizer. Bats are protected and there are about 36 species that live in our gardens. They are attracted to flowers that open at night and are fragrant, like the Barringtonia racemorsa, Kigelia africana and  Adansonia digitata.

Guidelines:

Don’t use any harmful pesticides or insecticides in your garden

Build a pond in your garden

Put up a bat box on a long pole about 15 to 20 m off the ground and be patient.

Keep your cats indoors at night.

Don’t light up your garden at night.

Plant evergreen trees and keep trees that have died as they attract insects.  Indigenous palm trees leaves provide many places to hide and nest. The fruit eating bats will enjoy our indigenous Ficus species.

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