It is true that bats are good for gardens. These winged creatures can eat up to half of their weight in insects, making them a great organic pest control method for your garden. Their waste also makes great fertilizer. Did you know that just a single bat on its own can eat more than 600 mosquitos per hour? By creating a bat friendly yard you will not only protect your garden from nasty pests, you will also be doing greater good for bats as their populations are declining due to pesticide and habitat loss.
If you are trying to attract bats to help your garden you might want to create a shelter that they will like. Bats can often be found hanging out in old trees and/or large shrubs, so if you have these in your yard it will help. Bats also nest in abandoned buildings, hollow trees, in loose tree bark and in bat houses. Bats are also attracted to water features so you might want to invest in a pond or fountain. Planting night blooming flowers will also help attract these furry little guys to your garden. Just a few flowers that you might want to try include datura, moonflower, yucca, evening primrose, night blooming water lily, night blooming jasamine, cleome, and nicotiana.