Experience with bat houses anyone?
January 2, 2012 6:56 PM Subscribe
I bought my 5 year a bat house from the bat conservancy for christmas. She is totally excited about putting it up. But I am starting to worry about guano, attracting bats to a residential area ( a neighborhood of .3 acre lots that backs up to a national forest) and annoying neighbors, getting buzzed by bats when I walk from the car at night. Any advice? Experience with bat houses?
posted by alcahofa to home & garden (21 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My daughter read a book about bats and got really interested in them. I thought this was good, and followed the link to the bat conservancy website and bought the bat house and not its here, ready to go up and... I am getting worried.
The bat conservancy web site is, needless to say, encouraging. However, I would like some straight talk and real experience with what it is like to have a bat house on your property.
They recommend putting it on a pole or on the house. We have a stucco house which is not optimal. They like stone or brick or wood best (which sounds to me like they prefer a house that haunted, but they dont say that). Constructing a 20 foot pole doesn't seem like a great idea because we have 60 mph winds at times. So I am leaning towards attaching it to our house. They recommend south facing and that is the side of the house with the front door, etc.
So what is that like? This thing holds 300 bats. What is it like to have 300 bats coming and going at night? How do you get guano off of stucco? Do you get dead bats in your garden?