The bat house is up and ready for bats.
It resides on a 13' pole near the barn.
The bat house was a low priority project I thought about for years.
It was fun to finally get it done.
The house is big; it should accommodate somewhere around 300 bats.
Bats are beneficial in the yard and garden but you don't want them in your house.
Bats eat large numbers of flying insects and we have plenty of those.
Bats thrive mainly on insects; you can call them insectivores.
They love to eat flies, mosquitoes, moths, beetles, wasps, dragon flies, and other insects.
Researchers and scientists have posited that a bat can eat 600 to 1,000 mosquitoes and other insect pests in just one hour.
And nursing mothers will eat even more than other bats!
A fungus grows in bat guano that releases toxic spores when disturbed.
Breathing the spores causes histoplasmosis, which makes you sick for a couple of weeks.
The disease can invade the central nervous system and may be the source of the term bat shit crazy.
I have found small amounts of guano in the barn.
They may not like it in there.
I've read bats don't like metal buildings.