Bat house?

tab64(9b FL-Orlando)May 6, 2005

I hope someone in this forum knows. Bats do not bother me and are a natural bug management. So I bought a bat house now the problems. First it states it needs to be a min of 12' above ground and face south. I live in central FL. my house is a one story so in order to get it that high I have to mount it on a pole? Also will the heat from direct sun on this mounted pole be too much for the critters? Also how do you attract them to the house?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

They won't come unless the enviroment is suitable for them. They require shade, water, plentiful food source, etc....all the usual things. IF those factors are available THEN they may take advantage of a nice bat house. But the bat house won't attract them if the other things aren't there.

Some bat species prefer a more sheltered house, while others want something out in the open and will take up residence in a bathouse on a pole.

Be patient and do some more homework. It'll be rewarding when you succeed.

Here is a link that might be useful: Florida bat house successes

    Bookmark   May 6, 2005 at 6:22PM
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dseerveld

I operate a bat exclusion company in central Florida. I get many requests from people that sound like this: "can you please trap some bats for me and put them in my bat house?"

It doesn't work that way! The bats have to find the bat house on their own, and they are more likely to do so if you follow the BCI guidelines posted above.

Also, this post proves that people want bats. If you do have bats in your house, it might be a blessing! Don't be so quick to try to get rid of them. If you do want to exclude them, make sure it's done right, and that none are harmed.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bat Removal & Control in Florida

    Bookmark   May 18, 2005 at 1:17PM
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