If mosquitoes have overtaken your backyard during the summer months, consider inviting another guest to your party: a bat. One bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in a single night, and bats are considered one of the best predators to keep invasive insect populations at bay. You can buy a bat house online and in stores to encourage bats to call your yard home. When installing it, look for a sunny spot and be sure to hang it at least 15 feet above the ground. Avoid installing on the side of trees, where bats are less likely to move in because of the location’s susceptibility to predators; the side of your house or on a pole is best.
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