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Attracting bats
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RayP(MI)    Posted 03-30-2002 at 18:34:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yeah, I know, who wants to attract them? Most want them to go away! I on the other hand think their habit of eating mosquitos makes them ideal neighbors. I placed a bat house on the silo, constructed along the lines of the ones in the book, last spring - no takers over the summer. Wonder if anyone has had success with attracting bats? What did you do?

screaminhollow    Posted 03-31-2002 at 17:03:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read that bats prefer some open water nearby so they can get a drink. They need an area about twenty feet long for water. Ever since we built our barn, there has been a dozen bats hanging around each summer. We have a stream less than 300 feet from the barn. Before the barn, we couldn't sit out in the evening because of mosquitos, now we sit out and enjoy watching the bats. I plan to put a few more bat houses up along the edge of the pasture to keep down the mosquitos there too.

TB    Posted 03-31-2002 at 05:22:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here is some good info on bats houses.

RayP(MI)    Posted 03-31-2002 at 11:57:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
TB - Thanks, that's the publisher of the book on bat houses I used!

LazyHorse    Posted 03-30-2002 at 19:12:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Easiest way to find if you have them around is to watch around any security lites you have, and watch for them going after the bugs. Bat houses need to be in a cool dark place like a wooded area too for seclusion.

BoB Amburgey    Posted 04-22-2003 at 15:55:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]

JoeK    Posted 03-30-2002 at 19:10:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't remember the specs but an article about bathouses awhile back was really specific on height and placement(somethin like 15-18'on the N side of the pole/tree etc) or somethin to that effect...If I can find it I'll post back. I've got a similar problem with a couple squirrel boxes I put up..the dang squirrels will sit on em and eat/survey the yard,but won't nest in em,even though they been up for 3 yrs and the area has lotza squirrels

Les...fortunate    Posted 03-30-2002 at 18:49:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm wondering if you already have to have them around. My boss said he used to have them "roosting" behind the shutters of the house where he used to live. His dad made him a bunch of bat houses which he put up and they moved right into them. He says there was nary a skeeter around with all them bats there.

RayP(MI)    Posted 04-01-2002 at 06:07:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, Les - we have them around - common to see them cruising the yard by the mercury vapor lights at night in the summer evenings. Once in a while, we find a sick or inured one around. All our buildings are pretty much bat tight, and I intend to keep them that way! Was just hoping that a house or two would attract a colony of bats and really patrol the place for me! Unfortunately, no streams or ponds in the back yard. Swamps and a creek within 1/4 mile though.

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