Bats are ecologically important to farming for many reasons. Not only are they incredible insect control, they also help pollinate our crops. In fact, their droppings, known as “guano”, is an excellent fertilizer. Guano contains several organic nutrients, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, all of which enrich and condition soil, thus promoting deep root feeding and enhanced plant growth.
Continue reading to learn how you can use bat guano for better gardening results next spring!
A Top Dressing for Soil
Bat guano can be used as a top dressing fertilizer in wet or dried form. You can either incorporate it directly into the top layer of soil before planting or during active growth, or you can turn it into a solution referred to as “bat guano tea” and use it when watering your plants.
Special Warning: Bat guano can grow dangerous fungal spores called Histoplasma capsulatum that cause a serious upper respiratory illnesses called Histoplasmosis. Always use extreme caution when handling and storing bat dung. Wear protective face masks, eye goggles, and gloves, and store in an air-tight container out of reach of children and pets. See our blog, “3 Transmissible Bat Diseases That Can Affect People and Pets” to learn more.
How to Make Bat Tea
What You Need: Water and Guano
What To Do: Steep bat guano in water, overnight. Use 1 cup guano for every 1 gallon of water. Then just apply the solution when you water your plants.
Additional Uses for Bat Guano
Bat guano can also be used as a compost activator. The organic elements within guano speed up the decomposition process. It can also be used as a natural fungicide to control nematodes in the soil.
If bats are a nuisance problem around your property, contact a licensed Virginia bat removal and control company for safe and humane abatement services. They can identify and diagnose bat problems, mitigate infestations, clean up bat damages and messes, and more. Be sure to choose a licensed and insured company with plenty of experience in the wildlife removal and control industry!