Competitors use cheap pine. We use Cunninghamia wood, which is in the cypress family and is known for it’s natural fungus and rot resistance.
Why should I Buy A Bat House for Mosquito Control?
Bats are misunderstood and feared creatures, yet they offer significant benefits to our environment. They are natural pollinators, eat tons of pesky insects, and their guano is a natural and fantastic fertilizer. Bats don’t just eat mosquitoes, though. They also love to snack on black flies, wasps, midges, and gnats. Bats eat significantly more bugs than birds do. Installing a bat house is a simple way to contribute to bat conservation.
When you purchase a bat house or bat box, you will attract bats to your yard. And, they will happily feast nightly on your enemy mosquitoes! Bats can eat half their weight in mosquitoes every night!! Providing shelter for bats has other benefits besides eating pesky insects. Some bugs can even hear bats up to 100 feet away and will avoid that area altogether. By giving bats an alternative shelter, they are less likely to take up residence in places where you don’t want them. A bat house or bat box can be installed any time of the year, but the best times to successfully attract bats are in the spring before their birthing season, or in the fall when they are preparing for spring. The installation is the most critical part of attracting bats to take up residence in your bat house. Bats need a warm environment, and placing the bat house in the right location allows the right amount of sunlight to heat the bat habitat.
What are my chances of success?
Many factors affect your chances of success in attracting bats with your bat house. Research has shown that the location is more important than the actual construction of the bat house. By following the above tips, you will significantly improve your chances of attracting these great animals.
Installing Your NatureZedge Bat House
- Bat houses need to be installed at least 10 feet up in the air but preferably 12-20 feet high. This is because bats will release from where they sleep and glide out. Being high enough off the ground allows them the room to exit safely.
- Bats seek out heat, so your bat shelter should be placed in a sunny location that gets at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. This allows your bat house to maintain an elevated temperature.
- Place the bat house in a location away from bright artificial lights or street lights.
- Avoid placing your bat house above windows or doors because there will be some bad guano produced.
- Try to avoid putting your bat house within 20-25 feet of trees because bats natural predators hide in trees. Bats likely won’t populate a bat house too close to trees because it is too dangerous for them. Avoiding trees will increase your chances of success.
- In some hot locations, there is a risk of overheating the bats. The best way to mitigate this is to install multiple bat houses with different exposures; this allows them to chose which they like better.
- Use galvanized screws for mounting.
- If you don’t have bats taking up residence within 2 years, move the bat box to a different location.
- Sometimes people use bat houses as an alternate home for bats when they evict them from their attics. Make sure you have your bat houses in place several weeks before the eviction, so that the bats are more used to the structure and are more likely to take up residence.