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 Posted: Wed May 12th, 2010 07:54 pm
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I know this really isn't the best thread for this...but it is an "outdoors" question and this thread had been dead forever...

I've seen plans for bat houses in magazines, so I decided to whip one together myself. Being a carpenter I have tons of scrap wood in the garage. I'm gonna hang it at the Higgins Lake cottage tomorrow.

My main question is, do they work? Do the bats actually set up shop and live in these things? They say an adult bat can eat upwards of 5,000 mosquitos a day!:D  Heck if thats the case its worth a try!

I (roughly) followed blueprints from the Wisconsin DNR website.

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They said to leave about a 2 inch "landing strip" with some screen for them to grab on to, and a 3/4 inch slot to climb up into the box.  I used leftover plastic "bird guard" screening.

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Then I spray painted it black...

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If you have a breeding population they should find it. Might take a year or two but if you built it they will come.:D

We have a small colony that shows up every year and broods under the cedar shake shingles on the cabin. The mosquito population is tolerable while the bats are nesting. But, once they leave in late summer it can be miserable, especially on a moist night.

It is a really neat sight when the sun sets and the bats come out from under the cedar shakes and take off for the night. During the day we can hear them moving around under the cedar shingles.




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I built one just like that at our old house in Ray Twp. (not as good construction).

We moved after 2 years,  never had any bats move in but had a lot of wasp nests to clear out.

I really hoped they would help with the insect problem, plus there cool.

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That's my thinking exactly. Doesn't hurt to try.

We just got a cottage with 18 acres at Higgins Lake in November 2009 (not quite on it but right there...the pic is from the back of the driveway). I have enough scrap wood to slap about 20 of these things together in a jiffy. I'm gonna hang one...and if they come to it within a year or so? Heck, I'll put 'em everywhere.

I have a feeling hornets will find them first...do bats eat hornets?:eat:

 

 

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It sounds to me that you are using the best choice to control the skeeters. It is a better choice than chemicals. As a suggestion if you build one out of ceder it might keep the insects at bay. Also the softer wood might help to remove the plastic. Paint might get rejected by the bats. You could put up one of each design and see if they prefer one over another. ;luck;



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I've heard smearing the inside of banana skins on the area below where you mount the house helps draw bats to it...don't know but was told this by an old neighbor who had a bat house with 4-5 bats using it.



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When we were in scouts old barn wood seemed to work the best.The bat house you made looks great good luck with the bats.

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I remember reading somewhere that the bat house should face a certain direction? I do not remember if it was north or south though. I do not think it was east or west.
 By the way, It looks like some nice property to get away to.
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There is a white mold that is killing brown bats it is called White Nose xxx (WNx) it has been killing bats  With that in mind. You might want to face the house into the sun (the South) to reduce mold. You can look the problem up with the DNR.;luck;



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Moose wrote: I remember reading somewhere that the bat house should face a certain direction? I do not remember if it was north or south though. I do not think it was east or west.
 By the way, It looks like some nice property to get away to.
Good Luck with the bats, MOOSE
The recommendations that I have read will say to put the house on the south side of the building or tree or post so that it faces the sun and can be warm. They use the bat house to raise the young bats. When the young bats are old enough they all fly away and are gone for the season.

At the cabin the bats are under the siding made of cedar shake shingles on the south side of the building. However, there are several families or groups under the shingles on the north side. No evidence of bat activity under the cedar shake siding on either the east or west wall.



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