How to Build Your Own Backyard Bat Cave


Article by: Doug Gelbert

Wait a minute. You're going to tell me how to , The Cottage Garden attract bats into my yard? The things that fly in your hair and suck your blood?

Well, bats don't fly into anybody's hair and unless you are a Holstein grazing in South America they won't be sucking your blood either. And a single foraging bat will gobble thousands of mosquitoes in a night.

For decades Europeans have practiced insect control with backyard , Shade Gardening When You Have No Shade bat boxes, small wooden , Peonies 'Krinkled White' and 'Vivid Rose' shelters similar to birdhouses where bats roost. Once established a bat colony can help cripple a local , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor mosquito population.

Not only are bat colonies an ecologically friendly alternative to pesticides but they complement today's organic gardens. , Peonies 'Krinkled White' and 'Vivid Rose' Droppings that fall , Decks For Above Ground Pools: Can Beautify Your Yard As Well out of a bat house , Ants! - 1,000,000,000,000,000 Invaders! provide excellent fertilizer, high in nitrogen. Unlike electronic bug zappers, bats don't frighten birds , 'Blushing Bride' Hydrangea (PPAF) from your yard. , Amaryllis - A Perfect Flower For the Festive Season

And bats need homes. , New Ideas For Your Backyard Landscaping Project Natural , The Ultimate Magic Garden roosts such as caves and hollow tree , Best Florists Online trunks are increasingly scarce. The average suburban tree , Decks For Above Ground Pools: Can Beautify Your Yard As Well does not yield many good places , How to Grow Sweet Corn to roost to the inquisitive bypassing bat. Vigilant park workers sever rotten tree , Fish Health in Hot Summer Heat limbs and clear hollow and fallen trees , Exotic Flowers: Luxurious and Impressive for Your Home and Garden Decor in the interests of public safety. , New Ideas For Your Backyard Landscaping Project

Where is a shelter-seeking bat to turn? "Many bats favor old buildings , Traditional Wisdom or Old-fashioned Nonsense? because they offer nooks and crannies for roosting,"¬Ě says Paul Gorenzel of the University of California-Davis, "but new construction is tighter and doesn't provide good homes. , The Ultimate Magic Garden "¬Ě Colonies containing many thousands of free-tailed bats can be found living in buildings , Benefit from the Expertise of a Landscaping Contractor or under bridges.

Backyard bat houses , Winterizing Your Pond are popular alternative roosts. Today the Bat Conservation International of Austin, Texas reports more requests for bat houses , The Ultimate Magic Garden than frantic calls , Basil - the Queen of Herbs about rabid bats. (Few bats contract rabies and if they do, quickly die when sick. Even when rabid these shy animals rarely become aggressive.)

Homeowners extending an invitation to bats will be most successful if their bat house , Landscaping Tips: What is the Proper Mulch to Use for Trees is located near a permanent source of water. , How to Conquer Caterpillars Bat houses , How to Conquer Caterpillars can be mounted, ideally 20 feet high, on trees , Garden Sheds or poles but houses , How to Grow Hydrangeas attached to building , A Guide To Landscape Bridges sides provide greater temperature , Unusual Daffodil Stories stability. The entrance should be free of obstructions to enable bats to access their new home , A Couple of Good Places to Buy Lawnmowers easily.

A new bat host must be patient waiting for his guests. A year to 18 months is a typical waiting period for a bat colony to roost. Most species are migratory, seeking suitable caves to hibernate through the winter. , Landscaping Tips: What is the Proper Mulch to Use for Trees Hanging a bat house , Orchids Are One Of Nature's Most Beautiful Flowers in the fall , Fish Health in Hot Summer Heat or winter , Traditional Wisdom or Old-fashioned Nonsense? can prompt occupancy the following spring , Amaryllis - A Perfect Flower For the Festive Season when migrating bats return.

The little brown bat is the most likely bat to occupy your bat box. This voracious insectivore will feed on aquatic insects, sometimes catching as many as 600 mosquitoes an hour in their wings as they dart through the night sky. The little brown bat often shares its roost with its close relative, the big brown bat. The big brown bat is extremely hardy and can remain active year. It favors beetles for its evening meal.

For more information , Have Fun and be Creative - Get the Look for Less on bats and bat houses , Amish Furniture on the Front Porch visit the Bat Conservation International at For a small donation of any size you will receive a booklet on bat basics and a set of house-building plans. , A Waste of Packaged Gold

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