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Using bats to rid mosquitos from outdoor dining areas

Using bats to rid mosquitos from outdoor dining areas

Our restaurant is located on the Arkansas River, and has a really active outdoor music and dining crowd. It’s designed like a swamp or shug shack, up on stilts, with a bridge and lots of open air seating. But, keeping the bugs down can be a real headache. Being on the river, we're at the mercy of the Corps of Engineers and the Keystone Dam, because the water isn't always flowing. We keep the banks clean, and have some ducks and geese, but the No-See-Ums (small, biting gnats) come out in early spring and there's almost nothing you can about those for the three weeks they're around. We turn the fans out to blow them away as best we can. This year, I was at a wedding in Austin, Texas in April, and saw the bat houses and bat colonies on Ladybird Lake downtown and thought, 'Oh! Maybe that will work in Tulsa.' My business partner and I got two bat houses from a local store and hung them on the nearby trees. They each hold about 20 bats, and we put them up the first week of June. We didn't have any kind of a mosquito problem all year. They've been amazing.

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