Bat Conservation International is a great organization! We donate monthly to this very worthy cause and have for the past few years. As a bat removal company you may ask, “why?” though. Here are the top three reasons we think it’s important to support them.

1 – Bats Are Important to the Environment

Bat pest controlIt is estimated that bats contribute billions of dollars to insect pest control for the farmers of our country. (You don’t need to check your eyesight, you read that right. $BILLIONS$)

Sorry for touching on the monetary issue first but in a shaky economy this is a huge factor to consider. Think about your monthly grocery bill. I have myself, my wife, and four children to feed. I can tell you here and now that my grocery bill is a healthy part of my monthly household budget.

Now consider if the farmers of our country had to invest more money into insect pest control to produce our nation’s crops. My grocery bill would go up quite a bit, as would yours. That’s not even to mention that our fresh fruits and vegetables would be subjected to many more pesticides to actually get them to our tables.

Bats also keep you a little bit safer. Bats may get a bad rap for spreading disease, however, their main diet consists of mosquitoes among other flying nuisances. We are much more susceptible to the diseases carried by mosquitoes and they also carry many more than bats do.

West Nile Virus has killed many more people in the United States than rabies from bats. According to the CDC about 2.5 million people, or approximately 40% of the world’s population, are at risk of death or serious illness from a mosquito borne viral disease….

2 – Bat Conservation International Protect World Wonders

Bat Conservation International

The bats of Bracken Cave in San Antonio, Texas is one of our favorite subjects here at Get Bats Out. It is a sight that we think everyone should put on their bucket list.

If you’ve never heard of this before, here’s the short version

  • Bracken Cave is home to the largest known colony of Mexican Free-tail bats in the world. Numbering in the millions.
  • A development company owned the land it sat on and the land next to it and wanted to put a gigantic subdivision there.
  • This was problematic because of the close proximity between homes and this massive bat population.
  • The developer proposed the destruction of Bracken Cave as the solution.
  • This was something actually being considered!
  • Bat Conservation along with other entities entered into tough negotiations with the developer to purchase the land and keep it from being developed on.
  • Bat Conservation International, The City of San Antonio, and The Nature Conservancy are now the owners of this land to keep it from development. Read the full press release here.

The destruction of such an amazing world wonder would have been a tragedy for us all.

Merlin Tuttle, the founder of Bat Conservation International, also worked personally to save the bat population of the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas. It is now home to the largest urban bat colony at an estimated 1.5 million bats strong.

3 – Bat Removal Isn’t About Killing Bats

We take great pride in the fact that we use 100% humane methods to remove bats from people’s homes or businesses.

One of my favorite things is watching people’s faces when I tell them what I do. This is a pretty typical conversation:

     Them: What is it you do?

     Me: We do bat removal from homes and businesses.

     Them: …. You mean like flying bats?….

     Me: …. 🙂 Why would someone need a baseball bat removed from their house?

     Them: Oh, well that’s cool. I found bats in my cabin once. We just got out our .22’s and shot them.

     Me. …. :’-( Not cool man. Not cool.

There are a little over 1,300 species of bats in the world. We have species native to and only found in North America. Many of these bat species are being added to the threatened endangered species list due to white nose syndrome but also to recklessness from humans.

Yes, we realize our business is dependent upon bats not going extinct. We wouldn’t be very good at business if we didn’t acknowledge that. But the reason we support Bat Conservation International is for the environment.

Bat Conservation International has done much for bats and lobbied getting them listed on the threatened endangered species list. This is why we support them. For all of us, for our children and future generations, and for our environment.

If you would like to get involved in this very worthy cause, simply click here to donate to Bat Conservation International now.

Get Bats Out Owner and President Michael KoskiYour local bat removal expert,

Michael Koski

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