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Old 08-02-2011, 05:37 PM   #16
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I'm in Austin where we have the second largest urban colony of bats in the world. I built a bat house two years ago and within one month a woodpecker pounded a hole in it and built a nest. The next spring I watched a squirrel gnaw the hole bigger to fit her nest in it. She would lay on top of the roof of it during the day until one day she was lounging there and it fell. Not built for squirrel weight. Never did get any bats in it but the other animals loved it!

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Bud, here is a link or two to some bat house construction.

http://www.eparks.org/wildlife_prote.../bat_house.asp

http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Outdo...Bat-House.aspx

http://www.ehow.com/how_6118964_cons...at-houses.html
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We have an unused chimney that has about 2 inches of space between it and the house. For at least the past 14 years there have been bats clinging to the chimney. I can't get a good count of how many there are, but 14 is fairly close.

It looks like there is room for more of them on the chimney, so would it be worth building another house for more bats?
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Hey jules4,

I'm in the south central part of the state, and we are just begining to see them after about a 4-5 years, of not seeing them.

We bought our house here in 99, we're in a rural setting, and we had many of them.

Now I'm seeing them again, I want to build some houses for them.
Great idea - and please come back and post a picture of your bat houses!

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If I build or buy a well-thought-out and well-executed bat house, what is the likeyhood of having some roost in it in hartford county, ct?
Unfortunately thereís no way to know in advance - but itís not a big investment in time to build one so why not put one up and see what happens? And donít give up if it remains unoccupied for the first year, sometimes it takes a year or two (or more) for bats to move in.

If you decide to buy a bat house make sure its design conforms to guidelines given in the PDF I linked in the OP - a lot of the commercially available bat houses completely ignore bat roosting requirements and just stick a bat-shaped hole on a birdhouse.

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We have an unused chimney that has about 2 inches of space between it and the house. For at least the past 14 years there have been bats clinging to the chimney. I can't get a good count of how many there are, but 14 is fairly close.

It looks like there is room for more of them on the chimney, so would it be worth building another house for more bats?
A good bat house would provide a better roosting environment for them, but I donít know if youíd wind up with anymore bats than you have now.
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Appreciate the offerings. I have a long list of things Bud would like to do given the time to do them.

I don't think bats range very far on their evening jaunts, maybe jules could enlighten us on that fact.

We have a huge 100 plus year old barn on the property and I'm sure that is where they are nesting but I have looked and never found them. There is a huge hay loft and I can't see all of it. They must be there somewhere. If I had a bat house and they used it then it would be easier to observe them but my question is...would they use it if it is just around the corner from where they are hanging out now?
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We have an unused chimney that has about 2 inches of space between it and the house. For at least the past 14 years there have been bats clinging to the chimney. I can't get a good count of how many there are, but 14 is fairly close.

It looks like there is room for more of them on the chimney, so would it be worth building another house for more bats?
Barb is your home an antique home? That is the way chimneys were built waaaay back, to keep the house from catching on fire from the chimney.

Sorry for the hi jack.
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Barb is your home an antique home? That is the way chimneys were built waaaay back, to keep the house from catching on fire from the chimney.

Sorry for the hi jack.
It's right around 35 years old, but I think the previous owners had a wood burning stove in the basement and had the chimney put up.

One suggestion for someone putting a bat house up in their yard - try to put it where small kids don't play. The bat poo (guano) they drop can carry diseases.
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My bat house is now installed. I mounted it 15' up a pine tree, facing south-east.

I know the info I posted says it's not good to install in trees, but this tree is mostly dead so there are no lower branches to interfere with the bats' flyways, and the few upper branches that remain don't actually shade the bat house any.

So how 'bout the rest of you guys - let's see some more bat houses going up this fall
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I took some advise from a poster here about 10 years ago and put one up on the side of one of my huge oak trees and nary a bat has been in it all this time. I don't get it.
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i live in Arizona....not sure if many bats live in little rock....lol. i think they're pretty interesting. i wouldn't mind having a bat house myself.
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I took some advise from a poster here about 10 years ago and put one up on the side of one of my huge oak trees and nary a bat has been in it all this time. I don't get it.
Is the house built with a fully open bottom (i.e., NO FLOOR of any sort) and fairly tight spaces for roosting?

Does it face the sun so it gets nice and hot in the summer?

Is the oak tree mostly dead and located in an open field (i.e., no branches or tall shrubs to interfere with the bats flyways or harbor predators)?

Is it somewhat protected from the wind (i.e., not right at the top of a hill)?



If you answered no to any of the above, then that might be the problem.

If you answered yes to all of the above, then beats me - but in what I've read they suggest that if a suitably situated house hasn't been used after 3-5 years, then you should try moving it to another suitable location on your property.


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i live in Arizona....not sure if many bats live in little rock....lol. i think they're pretty interesting. i wouldn't mind having a bat house myself.
There are definitely lots of bats in Little Rock, you've got some large bat caves in Arizona too.
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Yes to all but the tree itself is not dead, but it has no limbs for about 40 feet, so, I don't get it. Oh well, thanks
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We have a line of trees over a small creek that runs along the back property line all the way down the street. You can just imagine the mosquitoe problem in the summer.
The neighbors and I all decided to put up bat houses. Found this forum looking for plans.
I heard if we can find some bat poop and used it to put the scent on the bathouse it would attract them easier. Is this true? and where can I get some?

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Is there a better time of year to put them up?

We live just north of Cincinnati Ohio.

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WNS was first discovered in New York in 2007 and has decimated bat colonies throughout the northeastern US: the mortality rate in some caves has exceeded 90 percent and more than 1 million bats have died. Since itís discovery the disease has spread rapidly, and is now present in 18 states and 4 provinces (see attached map). ........................

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