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How to Install a Bat house

posted Jul 15, 2010 00:26:08 by Carole
Here's some great tips on how to install a bat house from Bat Conservation International.

I really need to move this up my priority list!
Community hostess, wildlife gardener, avid birder, loves butterflies and all other critters. Find me on Twitter @CB4wildlife
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gardenfornature said Jul 15, 2010 01:48:15
We don't have a bat house, but we have a yard bat, who faithfully eats all the bugs around the front door every night, leaves its droppings on the porch floor, and hides away during the daytime. He/she has been there for 4 years now. Some friends of ours are avid bat lovers, building houses, finding them in caves, and everything.

Kathy
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debra.dalessandro said Jul 15, 2010 02:42:36
We don't have a bat house either, but we have plenty of resident bats. I've been struck by how un-buggy our back deck has been this summer, and one night I lay on a lounge chair around dusk and saw first a low flying dragon fly, then chimney swifts, and then a pair of bats fly over. What a winning trio of wildlife to eat the bugs before they eat me!
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Carole said Jul 15, 2010 04:24:20
Hey, Kathy, it's so nice to see you here! Thanks for coming to play in my new playground. That's so cool your bat has been with you so long, like a welcome friend.

Debra, don't you just love to hear the chittering sound of the chimney swifts? They make me really happy!
Community hostess, wildlife gardener, avid birder, loves butterflies and all other critters. Find me on Twitter @CB4wildlife
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EllenSousa said Jul 23, 2010 15:01:48
We have a bat house on our barn and judging from the guano I see underneath, they definitely use it! Our horses really appreciate the overnight bug patrols....

In New England, a disease called White-Nose Syndrome is wiping out many of our hibernating bats, it's a really serious situation that I am hoping does not lead to their extinction. We need our bats!
Ellen Sousa
Garden coach, writer, teacher, plant geek and horse nut
Turkey Hill Brook Farm
Spencer, MA
Web: http://thbfarm.com
New England Habitat Gardening blog: http://blog.THBFarm.com
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Carole said Jul 24, 2010 06:50:47
We've got white nose syndrome here in PA too. It's kind of scary to think that we may lose these amazing bug zappers.
Community hostess, wildlife gardener, avid birder, loves butterflies and all other critters. Find me on Twitter @CB4wildlife
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UrsulaV said Jul 24, 2010 15:20:11
I was reading a few months back that they've found the fungus in white nose is susceptible to over-the-counter athlete's foot medication...the problem is application on the poor bats!

We've got our local bat, probably a Big Brown Bat, but with white nose pushing south through Virginia, I worry about him.
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EllenSousa said Jul 27, 2010 13:53:50
That BCI document with tips about installing a bathouse and attracting bats is a great resource - thank you for sharing! I have always fretted that we hung our bathouse too low on our barn - it is only about 8' off the ground at the eaves, but judging from the guano I see underneath it, the bats definitely still use it, so there is obviously some leeway with preferred height. Good to know that bathouses on trees are rarely used, though.
Ellen Sousa
Garden coach, writer, teacher, plant geek and horse nut
Turkey Hill Brook Farm
Spencer, MA
Web: http://thbfarm.com
New England Habitat Gardening blog: http://blog.THBFarm.com
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EllenSousa said Jul 27, 2010 14:01:07
UrsulaV, thanks for the heads-up on this year's treatment experiments with the anti-fungal medication...we'll probably have to wait several years for definitive results (and as you said, who knows how they would treat large numbers of bats) but it's at least good to have something to follow after several years of depressing stats on bat dieoffs!
Ellen Sousa
Garden coach, writer, teacher, plant geek and horse nut
Turkey Hill Brook Farm
Spencer, MA
Web: http://thbfarm.com
New England Habitat Gardening blog: http://blog.THBFarm.com
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Carole said Aug 16, 2010 18:44:29
Great article over at Beautiful Wildlife Garden about how beneficial bats are.
Community hostess, wildlife gardener, avid birder, loves butterflies and all other critters. Find me on Twitter @CB4wildlife
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