If you are interested in attracting bats to your backyard, several tips and tricks listed here might be helpful. Be forewarned, however, that it may not be the easiest proposition!
Bats may have a reputation that seems scary to many people, but the truth is they not only consume mosquitoes but also many other types of insects that invade and harm plants and gardens.
The idea of "build it and they will come" may not work with these tiny mammals, however. Several factors must be considered for successful bat roosting.
Many opinions exist as to what type of bat house will work best. You can find detailed plans and information at your local garden center or through bat conservation organizations. Birdhouses simply will not work for bats; they are too wide. Bats prefer narrow roosting spots with rough insides for easy climbing and clinging. The smallest bat houses should be no less than two feet high.
The area you live in will determine where to mount a bat house. Within each region, location may determine which bat species are attracted to the house. Local or national conservation organizations can help with this information.
A few basics
If you handle a bat:
If you see a baby bat, the mother is probably nearby. If neighborhood cats are on the prowl, you might want to erect some type of barrier; one that does not restrict movement.
Once your colony - large or small - is established, you can relax and know that these flying mammals are on patrol for the good of your yard and garden.
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