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Bat Houses

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Question: 1375-3616
Are bat houses a good way to get rid of mosquitos? Jim, Salem, CT

Mort's Answer:
Those night raiders are excellent collectors of all bugs, especially mosquitos. One bat will eat 6,000 or more every night Bat houses are low maintenance but need to be hung in strategic places. Houses should be made of good quality wood with shingled roofs. Cheaper boxes will often not weather to last. Placement should be away from hornet and wasp nests. Locations should be darkened at night. Trees may be too dark. Away from street traffic and light is best.

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Question: 1333-4815
I understand that I need to have a bird house with wood shavings inside if I want woodpeckers to use it. Can you also tell me about bat houses. Karen, Townsend, MA

Mort's Answer:
Bat houses are best placed under eaves of barns and tool sheds. If placed on trees, they need to be at least ten feet off the ground. Shady locations are best but not necessary. Both housing situations are tricky. Hollowed holes in trees are best for woodpeckers but not all types care for houses with or without wood sawdust or shavings. Woodpeckers love drilling for insect eggs and bats will pick up plenty of flying insects at night as they fly.

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