Third generation Richmond Heights resident, Gabriel Krumrey, reached out to the City in hopes of constructing 6 bat houses as his Eagle Scout project. Materials donated from local businesses were used to build these bat houses and are to be placed in each district. Four bat houses were placed on Monday, June 4, 2018 with help from the Parks and Public Works Departments. The remaining two will be placed at the end of June.
Why Bat Houses?
Here's why according to Mr. Krumrey:
Bats are very important to the ecosystem, they eat insects such as mosquitoes which can carry diseases. The bat houses will provide roosting area for bats during their nesting seasons instead of inside buildings and other dangerous places.
While many people believe bats are bad, in actuality they are quite good for the community.
Bats can eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour and often consume their body weight in insects every night, helping keep bug populations in check.
Bat droppings, called guano, are one of the richest fertilizers.
Some bats eat fruit or nectar and can play an important role as pollinators.
Some myths about bats are that they drink blood, and that they constantly make screeching sounds.
There are only three species of "vampire bats"—bats that live off the blood of animals. None of those species lives in the United States (let alone Richmond Heights).
Bats can find their food in total darkness. They locate insects by emitting inaudible high-pitched sounds, 10-20 beeps per second and listening to echoes.More than half of the bat species in the United States are in severe decline or listed as endangered. In addition to loss of habitat, one of the most dire threat comes from white nose syndrome, a disease that has decimated bats in the U.S. and Canada.