Bats made it to the critically endangered species list a few years back. They are essential in restoring balance in our ecosystem. They feed on what we consider as garden pests like bugs, beetles, and worms. Bats help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases through chomping on these flying bloodsuckers. Bats are your best friends until they invade your home.
Invasion as a consequence of our actions
When their natural habitat is destroyed, they seek for shelter elsewhere. Your home provides them with an alternative shelter and warmth especially during the cold months. Your home is also close to their food and water source, thus making it compatible to their survival needs.
A bat house will assist in preserving bats while evicting them from your home. Eviction takes time because they resist change. Understanding what attracted them to your home can be your baseline for the house construction. Remember that the success of your eviction plan relies on how livable the bat house is.
Livable bat house
The construction of a bat house must be well thought of to be able to cater to the needs of our nocturnal friend.
It should be large enough to accommodate a number of bats but small enough to be homey. The ideal dimensions for a bat house are 1.5 feet in height by 1 foot in width.
The house should have enough air vents to avoid suffocation inside.
Natural wood is preferred over treated ones. It mimics their natural habitat making them less resistant to relocation.
The house is more attractive when the opening is at the bottom compared to those on the sides or in front. The latter are more accessible to any types of flying animals which feed on bats.
A bat house is recommended to be placed where it hits the sun most of the day and a bit far from tall trees which houses predators day and night. They are acclimatized to warm surroundings with free-flowing air. Optimum height for their new homes is between 8 to 12 feet above the ground held by a sturdy pole for more visibility. Bats need enough food and water supply from nearby plants and fresh water to be able to survive.
While there is no guarantee they will automatically be attracted and live in their new home, bat houses are still nice-to-have should they need a home without threats.