Tiny houses aren't just for people; bats can be comfy and warm in them too.
TreeHugger Kim covers the Tiny House for people beat, Derek Zoolander built a center for ants, but now we have another species to worry about, the bats. They are really useful, eating bugs and pollinating plants, but are under threat from habitat loss. One solution for bats, as it is for people, is a high quality, affordable tiny house like the BatBnB. Founder Chris lists some good reasons why we should build this kind of housing:
As our winters continue to get warmer and wetter, mosquitoes and garden pests alike are coming out earlier and in greater numbers. The market has responded with a flurry of chemical based pest control products that burn the skin and poison local wildlife. We think there's a demand in the market for more effective natural solutions for pest control, and luckily enough, we know a thing or two about bats.
Christopher Rannefors and Harrison Broadhurst have designed the BatBNnB to be a beautiful, long-lasting bat house. After consulting with experts, they designed a bat house that you mount 20 feet up on the sunny side of your home. They just launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the project and are already close to their goal, which is a bit surprising considering people’s attitudes toward bats. They are working hard on that too:
We are also focused on re-branding the bats themselves to help people overcome popular misconceptions. Bats in your hair, rabies, vampires: all these ideas are doused in various levels of myth and Hollywood hocus-pocus.
They describe what people have done to get rid of bats:
Although there are many causes of bat decline, loss of roosting places has often been the most serious. There are well-documented cases in which needlessly fearful humans have burned, dynamited, or bulldozed shut caves containing hundreds of thousands to millions of bats.
But they say in their FAQ that there is nothing to fear from them, that nobody has ever caught rabies from a bat in a bat house, and the 1 to 3 people who get rabies from bats each year are playing with them, when really you should be leaving them alone to go about their business of eating bugs.
When all the facts are on the table, we believe that people will learn to love and respect these animals, and in return, they'll keep your garden and your family free from pests!
The BatBnB is designed with a groovy interior where the bats can huddle comfortably in a warm, safe environment. The designs are “based on decades of scientific research into the most successful bat houses, as well as cutting edge input from bat researchers and experts in the field.” And indeed, they get serious cred for the experts, conservationists and defenders of wildlife that they have consulted and listed on their site.
Where I spend the summer, this July has been the wettest, most mosquito-infested month I can remember; it has been almost impossible to sit outside. I am wondering if a BatBnB might have made a difference. Because they are apparently wonderful guests:
Bats are critical. They keep the vast numbers of pests and insects in check, pollinate flowers, and carry seeds for critically important plants. Bats also safeguard our health by reducing demands for toxic pesticides—one of our planet’s most serious, but too often ignored, health threats.