Bats are perhaps the most misunderstood mammal we know.
Contrary to folklore. Bats are very beneficial to the pollination of many trees and shrubs. Bats consume an enormous amount of mosquitoes and other crop damaging insects such as the cutworm and moths. A bat can eat up to 600 mosquitoes an hour.
There are a few things we need to keep in mind when mounting the bat house. It is best to mount your bat house at least 12' above ground, but 15 '-20' is preferred. This will help keep the predators away. Bats like their house temperature to be between 85-95 degrees. In order to obtain this temperature, the house should receive at least four hours of direct sun each day. It is also a good idea to have another house facing the same way adjacent to the first. We have already painted the roof black to he1p retain some of the heat. You may want to paint the rest of the house black. We have placed rough cut lumber on the inner roosting chambers of the house to provide secure gripping for the bats.
Don't be afraid to move the house around your yard until you find the right spot. It can take one or two seasons before you will see bats using the house. Just be patient and they will come.
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