Interesting Bat FactsAs previously mentioned, bats are the only mammals that can fly, and there are over 1,000 species of them all over the world. They mate in the spring and their babies are born the following summer. Bats use echolocation to see in the dark and that’s the reason they never seem to hit any walls. They spend their winters in caves, but during summer they live under trees, bridges, and buildings. Urban areas are very difficult for bats, and that’s why you can find them on the eaves of your house. [caption id="attachment_15024" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Bat houses are a great way to keep the bats out of your home.[/caption]
Why is Having a Bat House on Your Property Beneficial?A single bat can capture 500-1,000 mosquitoes in an hour. Bats will do the job for free and without any insecticides. On the other hand, in order to accomplish such an impressive feat, they do need a suitable nesting location. Bat houses suit that role perfectly, while at the same time keeping them from moving to your attic where they are sure to cause problems.
Bat Houses 101A bat house should be:
- Located at least 15' above the ground
- Warm (in full sun is best) and dark
- A tight space that mimics the bark on a tree
- Rough on the inside, so the bats can cling to the interior
- Close to a water source