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Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
May 4, 2016 5:04 AM CST
My bat house mounted on the back of my garage. No sign yet of occupants!
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I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
May 4, 2016 7:39 AM CST
Great-looking bat box, Angie! Did you make it?

My 'bat box' is a big old barn. DH complains that the bats poop on his lawn tractor, but we like having bats around because they eat mosquitoes.

There's been a drop in the bat population here due to white-nose disease, which leaves bats too weak to survive winter. Is it also a problem in your area?
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
May 4, 2016 9:53 AM CST
One of my favorite memories is sitting on the back deck with my granddaughter waiting for the bats to come out. They never disappoint. My cousin made me a bat house but I've never seen any signs of occupancy either - she told me they need to be at least 30' up and I don't think mine is high enough.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
May 4, 2016 10:06 AM CST
June: My bat house is from Wild Birds Unlimited and according to the instructions that came with it, it should be about 15' high,
which is about the height we hung it. One of the clerks there said I should smear bat guano on it to attract them, but I didn't go
that far!! WBU doesn't carry bat guano and even though I ordered some, it was powdery and how are you going to smear that on
it? I put it on my garden instead and decided to just let nature take its course.

We had a bat population at a previous residence that lived in the woods and it was a treat to watch them fly around just before
dark! Hope I get some resident bats soon because we have a fierce mosquito problem.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace


whereami
Jun 24, 2016 5:25 AM CST
Sending some bats in your direction! That's an awesome bat house Thumbs up

I live in N. VA and I think we have a colony of bats in our chimney or around the house somewhere...this little guy stayed for awhile on the bathroom screen under a little piece of canvas that we hung on top of the screen to keep out the marmorated "stinkies"...apparently he/she mistook it for a bat house! Not sure if he/she was ill...seems strange that it was separated from the colony?
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Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Jun 24, 2016 10:26 AM CST
That is strange! Looks like a large bat, too. I don't know if we have bats yet since I haven't been
out with a flashlight to check it out and by nighttime I'm settled inside, so I don't see them leave
the house. I'll check it out later and post an update.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Jul 11, 2016 6:40 PM CST
I just got mine up, will have to redo because the concrete in the ground still sways a bit. Might go to an older gentleman's house and as for the flag pole he does t use anymore.


Our group d is sooo tough in michigan the auger only got me elbow deep....
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Brenden
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Jul 11, 2016 6:43 PM CST
Hemophobic said:My bat house mounted on the back of my garage. No sign yet of occupants!
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I thought you were me because of your profile picture looks like mine haha.


Also youtube habitat for bats, he's VERY good at these things, I ordered my kit from him, just him and his wife. Great people
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UrbanWild
Aug 18, 2016 7:35 AM CST
What direction does it face? Bats like it warm. BTW, the smearing of guano thing is urban legend which seems to have come from sales folks.

Is your site urban, suburban, rural?
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Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Aug 18, 2016 12:47 PM CST
Urban, my site is suburban, older neighborhood, and it faces south, so it should be warm enough. Also, it's in an upside-
down L-shaped setting, with the wind from the west blocked by the long side of the L! Confusing enough?

Brendan, will the bats like that open setting? Just asking, 'cause I don't know.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

(Zone 6a)
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UrbanWild
Aug 18, 2016 5:21 PM CST
I've done a number of bat house installations over the years. You can have all the known elements and it still take years to be used. Bats have a very high site fidelity. The bats you have which would might be likely to inhabit a bat house would typically form reproductive colonies often with multiple generations of related females. So it can take a while. However, I have seen bat houses used first season outside of a house with a large maternity colony and little extra space (attic).

BTW, keep an eye on the staples and mesh on your bat house. Staples can over time loosen and points sticking out can rip wing membranes. Mesh can get brittle with age and separate and provide similar hazards. What is the spacing like inside of the house? Spaces should be 3/4" give-or-take. Larger gaps make them favorable to paper wasps.
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly scented plants.
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Aug 21, 2016 4:38 PM CST
Urban, I can't give details about the spacing inside the house. I bought this house from Wild Birds Unlimited, so
I've assumed that it is tailored to bat needs. Of course, at age 73 I should know better than to make assumptions
about anything, but I will pay close attention to those staples and the mesh issue. Don't want my bats (if and when
I get them) injured by my good intention!
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: janet
wirral uk
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rosieann99
Aug 24, 2016 3:55 PM CST
hi i live in north west uk we have had bats living in the front of our home for 15 years this year under our bedroom window watch them every night flying out even with the babies one year i counted 40 bats we put up a bat box they never used it it love watching them with a cup of tea fantastic
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Winter Sowing Region: North Carolina Daylilies Roses
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Hemophobic
Aug 25, 2016 5:24 AM CST
Rosie: How blessed you are! Fascinating creatures to watch, aren't they? We once watched a female bat with a
baby on her back climb across the grass late in the evening to get to an oak tree in our front yard. Can't wait
until bats move into our BH. I tip my hat to you.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: Laurie Basler
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Sep 9, 2016 11:13 PM CST

@Hemophobic, nice and interesting post. @Urbanwild, I am so curious how and when you became one who provides bat house installations, and then is called upon to do it for years. There has to be a story there. Your knowledge is impressive. I don't know a thing about this fascinating hobby, but I sure am intrigued.
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Winter Sowing Region: North Carolina Daylilies Roses
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Hemophobic
Sep 10, 2016 9:50 AM CST
Well, I don't know if this is a product of bats having moved into our BH or just the hot, dry summer, but
we've had virtually no mosquito problem this year as compared to not being able to enjoy the yard on
a late summer evening in past years because of them. There is a catch basin near our swing which
usually has water in and I know mozzies breed in there, but nothing I can do about it. It's a necessary
evil. I'll go out with a flashlight later today and see if we have bats in the BH.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: janet
wirral uk
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rosieann99
Sep 17, 2016 2:28 PM CST
hi i found out an interesting fact yesterday talked to a bee keeper, there been bumble bees for 2 years in the garden using an old bird box as a hive
it seems although i didnt see queen bumble bee going into the hive this year in spring, she hibanated in an outhouse, maybe garage, then flew back into the old bird box when she woke up. he said she or her daughter will be there all ready asleep, and you will never know.
That fantastic to knew im helping bee population ready for next year Hurray!

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