Replace netting with non-lethal measures to prevent bats from accessing fruit in orchards
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Bats may be injured or killed by entanglement with inappropriately installed nets at fruit orchards. Various non-lethal alternatives have been suggested to prevent bats from accessing fruit in orchards. These include using fixed nets (that prevent entanglement), netting individual trees, planting decoy crops, picking fruit before peak ripeness and deterring bats with light, noise or unpleasant smells and tastes (see Aziz et al 2016).
Aziz S.A., Olival K.J., Bumrungsri S., Richards G.C. & Racey P.A. (2016) The conflict between Pteropodid bats and fruit growers: species, legislation and mitigation. Pages 377–426 in: Voigt C.C. & Kingston T. (eds.) Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World. Springer International Publishing, Cham.