A High-Rise for Bats Is a Natural Pesticide Program A High-Rise for Bats Is a Natural Pesticide Program
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A High-Rise for Bats Is a Natural Pesticide Program

by Alissa Walker

September 18, 2010

The structure will be dedicated on October 2 and if all goes well, the bats will be moved in by Halloween. But even if bats don't take a liking to it right away, the Bat Tower does serve as a valuable piece of bat PR, educating people that the flying mammals are indeed a valuable part of the local ecosystem. In fact, says Hwang, bats are suffering from something called white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease which scientists have been unable to explain. It may have something to do with toxins—which could, ironically, possibly be related to pesticides—in the caves they hibernate in.


As she waits for her bat friends to move in, Hwang is working on other architectural ways to draw bats close to our homes, like a Pest Wall that would work vertically on the outside of a building, or a Pest Pavilion, an entire building with crevices around the exterior to attract our new favorite neighbors. For those in the area, a Bat Tower dedication and hike is scheduled for October 2.

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