Making a Bat House
Installing a Bat House
A single bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour. Installing a bat home is a great way to great rid of mosquitoes naturally. Bats prefer to come out in the evening around dusk, when they come out to eat. It's rare to see them out during the daytime.
Bats pollinate plants and bat droppings are a rich fertilizer. A single bat can live for up to 20 years. A bat house or box offers protection to these creatures that are threatened by many modern day creations such as wind turbines. Bats generally have only one offspring a year which makes it hard for the population to recover.
Why Put Up a Bat House?
Attracting Bats to Your Yard
People put up bat houses for various reasons. Most want to attract bats to their yards just as people put up birdhouses to attract birds. Bat houses and bat boxes can be made from scratch, made with a kit, or bought ready-made. It may take awhile for the bats to discover your bat home, so be patient.
Free Bat House Plans - Do it Yourself Bat House Plans
Build Your Own Bat House - Complete Bat House Plans
This is the updated edition that includes revised plans to improve success. This book also has a question and answer section that is very informative.
How to Attract a Bat to Your Bat House
Bat House Placement Height
Bats like to squeeze closely together and prefer their roost to be away from predators. Though a bat house will provide this, bats aren't naturally drawn to bat boxes so you need to put it in a place where it can be easily discovered. Attracting a bat to your bat house may take a bit of patience.
A bat home can be put on a pole, up in a tree or on the side of a building. Box boxes in trees tend to do poorer than those on houses or poles. If you have bats in your area already watch their flight patterns and try to mount the box near where they are flying. The bat house height should be at least 10 feet high if mounted on a pole. The higher bat boxes do better at attracting bats.
Approved by the Organization for Bat Conservation
Believe it or not this bat house will hold over 300 bats. Built to the specifications of the Organization for Bat Conservation it has a 80% chance of attracting bats.