Bats Welcomed Into Nashville Neighborhoods

Posted at 5:48 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 10:34:55-04

Neighbors in East Nashville have installed a bat house in hopes of lowering the mosquito population in the area.

Nashville is experiencing a housing boom, but it's not just people who are getting houses made for them, even bats are getting new houses built.

Instead of having to pay rent, the bats will be expected to eat mosquitoes in exchange for rent. 

"You bring the bats around, they'll eat mosquitoes." Jay Lee of Pest Entry Management in East Nashville said. "Less mosquitoes, you can go outside and have a good evening." 

Bats can eat anywhere from 300 to over 1,000 mosquitoes each hour. If you do the math, a bat house with 300 bats inside could yield anywhere from 90,000 to over 300,000 mosquitoes eaten per hour, each and every night. 

Lee said he is installing bat houses around the Nashville area with hopes of controlling the mosquito population in an environmentally friendly way.

"Trying to get rid of some of these mosquitoes in the area the natural way instead of releasing unwanted or hazardous chemicals in the air." Lee explained. 

Bat houses can be ordered online or through companies like Pest Entry Management. Consumers can install the bat houses themselves or reach out to companies to help. Installation generally takes under an hour. 

Because the bats are nocturnal creatures, they do most of their work at night, and during the day, they generally stay inside of the bat house. 

For more information, you can contact Pest Entry Management by clicking here.