I'm all for bats and bat houses. The problem is that there are no
guarantees that they will choose to inhabit the structure you build for
them. Even if they do eventually decide to inhabit your structure, it may
take them years to discover it so they can colonize it.
There is a colony of millions of bats that lives under/inside a bridge in
Austin Texas. Obviously an ideal bat habitat. Nonetheless, it took years
for the bats to find and begin nesting in the bridge...
I'm all for bats and bat houses.
I don't think so, john. I believe Taxoplasmosis is a more likey danger from
guano than rabies.
On Tue, 24 Jun 2003 12:21:33 -0400, Binary_BillTheSailor@Sea++.com
Except that for most bats, mosquitos aren't their preferred diet, and
most bats are active after mosquitos have stopped being active. If
you're looking for mosquito control, bats are notoriously ineffective.
As are Purple Martens, citronella plants and most other natural forms
for everyone that says bats work, there will be someone that says they
don't. I used to have a barn that had a population of 79+ bats (large brown
variety). For most summers, the mosquitoes just followed you around in a
cloud, if you ever stood still and that cloud found you.....lets put it this
way....you lost a quart of blood just going from the front door to the car
(a distance of 20ft). The bats did couldnt control them.
I currently live in an area where I can turn on my outside light and watch
the bats fly thru the light. Again, the mosquitoes are horrible. I can also
say a Mosquito Magnet does nothing either
This is northwest Suburban Chicago.
I have heard that too, but I can tell you first hand that it doesn't
seem to be true. My yard, which is not far from a wetlands is
relatively mosquito free since I got bats. Before that, they were a
major problem. That's what prompted me to build bat houses.
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