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Bat Conservatory House-helps reduce mosquitos naturally

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  • Naturally controls the insect population
  • Reduces the need for chemical insect repellant
  • Bat Conservatory holds approximately 40 bats
  • One bat can kill 600 mosquitoes per hour

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  • ASIN: B000W3S5A2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,742 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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Because one bat can devour 600 mosquitoes or other insects in just one hour, installing a Bat Conservatory nearby can protect you and your family from insect bites and greatly reduce the need for environmentally hazardous mosquito repellents. Made of Western Red Cedar sawmill trim, this handsome slatted shelter provides respite for approximately 40 bats. Mounting hardware not included. Holds approximately 40 bats. 24½"H x 16"W x 5¼"D. 11 lbs. Made in the USA.

As seen in the June/July 2007 Metropolitan Home® magazine

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on August 6, 2011
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Three chamber home, poorly constructed from the right kind of rough hewn cedar, badly beaten up and gouged in multiple places, but for the price, probably beats making one from scratch. I doubt the bats will mind the stapled construction that can easily be pulled apart, because bats are not strong, nor the gouged wood or the somewhat helter-skelter alignment of wooden parts, and as the previous reviewer points out, they're not fussy homemakers, and they'll like how easy it is for them to climb in and out on the rough boards.

You're on your own when it comes to mounting. The package was missing anything that would help with that, such as mounting straps. although there were two loose screws jammed between the boards that could be used for something, I suppose. In the photo, a mounting board is shown on the the back, but this is not included.

The bat house was packed in biodegradable foam "peanuts", which is nice, but would have been nicer if the house had been wrapped in a bag first, instead of just thrown in with the peanuts, because the narrow chambers wound up becoming stuffed with these peanuts in transit, and it was a chore getting them out. I.e., this seller, Real Goods Inv., whatever that stands for, not found on line, is not smart about packing. Even maybe there was supposed to be a mounting board, but they just forgot to put it in the box. Maybe "Inv." is supposed to be "Inc."?

Anyway, assuming you are not put off by the possibility of overpopulation raised by the previous reviewer, I expect this unit will make a happy sleeping quarters for a few of the little critters. In our case, we have mosquitoes and of course various other night bugs, but I doubt enough to support a huge bat population.
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Received our bat house as a gift and were very happy with the quality and workmanship. Make sure you mount in a location where you're not concerned about getting additional occupants, because this luxury accommodation will draw the bats' neighbors and relatives in as well! You can paint this with dark-colored stain or paint to help hold in the heat--make sure you mount where the opening is unobstructed by branches and where it faces south or southeast, so that the house gets enough sunlight to warm up the bats inside.

Little brown bats are in imminent danger of extinction in its northeastern core range due to White-nose Syndrome, and the species is likely in danger of extinction throughout North America according to scientists, so this species has been recommended for the endangered species list. So, you can feel good about doing something positive for these little mosquito-eaters in addition to enjoying yourself while watching them. They are an important indicator species and are great to have nearby for insect control if you're an outdoors enthusiast!

Bat houses are wonderful gifts for children and adults alike--I never get bored watching these little guys/gals zoom over my backyard at dusk!
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By zigzagg on August 1, 2011
About 10 years ago a friend bought me one of these. We live out in the country and have always had a few bats. We put it up and had bats living there. The mosquito problem got much better.

Then more and more bats returned every year. They were living comfortably in the bat house, then expanded into the eaves (they are covered with cedar trim, not open). We finally said enough, took the house down some years ago. They moved in mass, into the eaves. We sealed the eaves this past winter. Now we have bats living under the cedar shakes.

You can hear them fussing, squeaking and clicking under the shakes when you are out on the patio during the day. At night they swoop around and do their job. Unfortunately they poop and pee all day which causes a problem for the windows and deck below them. We have very large picture windows and they get a bit nasty by the end of summer. I have to get the windows washed at the end of summer, every year.

We even had one find its way into our house a few years ago. Worked its way in from the eaves, I guess. Had to let him out by taking the screens off a couple of large windows.

So know what you are getting into here. These things don't take no for an answer. And they have been a real pain. My friend has apologized quite a few times.

So, I guess my lesson learned, was make sure they don't have alternatives if you change your mind. Cedar shakes (not shingles) gives them an alternative, they sort of push up under them. So do closed eaves. Barn lofts would as well. They like to be warm, I know that because they only settle on the south side of my house in the Pacific Northwest.

They are persistent.

By the way, I was out here looking for some bat REPELLENT, when I stumbled across the thing that started it all.
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