I was tired of the never-ending battle for my yard in the summertime, and my wallet was tired of the never ending purchases of yard sprays, foggers, and mosquito repellent! While enjoying a backyard fire on night, it was hard not to notice (or laugh) when the whole barbeque party cheered when a bat swooped in to make a feast of the pesky insects that had been busy feasting on us all night.
Then a light bulb went off!
I did some research and learned that bats are probably the most misunderstood animal, not to mention they can put even the fanciest mosquito magnet nets to shame by collecting 600-1,000 mosquitoes an hour! I also realized that bat houses are actually encouraged in most cities as an eco-friendly way to preserve wildlife habitat and control insect populations. They are also very picky about where they choose to live, so if their home is drafty or leaky - forget about it! That's why I was ESTATIC to come across the new Rustoleum NeverWet when purchasing all my bat house building supplies online at HomeDepot.com. I love and trust the Rustoleum brand, and would never "bat" an eye at trying any new product of theirs.
Here is an excellent step-by-step guide and list of materials (for the fraction of the cost of purchasing a sub-par pre-made version): http://www.batcon.org/pdfs/bathouses/SingleChamberBHPlans.pdf
With my supplies in hand and a few hours of beautiful weather this weekend, I cannot wait to hang up the vacancy sign on my new bat house! The mosquitoes won't know what hit them.
Note: For more information on the species, criteria for successful bat houses and even tips for attracting new bat colonies check out Bat Conservation International (http://www.batcon.org/index.php/get-involved/install-a-bat-house.html).
Made one last year and had the hardest time getting bats to initially find it. I ended up taking it down to mark some alterations, including sealing and caulking all the seems. It worked! Who would have thought that bats were so picky?! Wish I would have had this waterproofer.
Agreed! When I started my research, I was shocked to learn how unique bats' needs are when selecting a home. I initially thought something similar to a bird house would suffice, but since they're nocturnal mammals, their needs are quite different.
Thanks everyone for the great feedback :)
I hope another DIY-er gets inspired and builds their own too!