I think we have mentioned that the name Malakwa comes from comes from the Chinook Jargon word for mosquito, adapted from the French le maringouin. Living beside a pond that is a wonderful breeding ground for mosquitoes has lead us to giving thought about natural insect control.
While we want to live with nature: we do not want to be eaten by nature.
We decided to invite a natural insect control solution to share our space. Buddy started building tiny homes for them as live/work spaces and he has begun to erect them in the trees.
We are now inviting bats to move in. There are lots of reasons to love these batty neighbours :
* a small bat can capture more than 1,200 mosquitoes in a single hour!
*even the very presence of bats in an area can reduce insect populations as many insects can hear bats up to 100 feet away and will keep their distance from areas occupied by bats.
Another important reason for welcoming bats to the neighbourhood is that like so many of our wild creatures they are rapidly losing habitat. While there are 16 species of bats in BC ; half of them are considered vulnerable or threatened.
Bats are the slowest reproducing mammal on earth.The females usually have just one pup a year, making them very vulnerable to declines in their populations.
The majority of Canadian bats only have one pup per year, so providing them safe haven is vital to survival and population growth. Bats also make great neighbours; they help control insects through spring and summer.