Teresa D
Teresa D
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  • Snellville, GA
Asked on Aug 10, 2012

If I build it, will they come?

Brenda WellsPglDiana Hansen
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(I hope this isn't a duplicate. My initial post froze or something) Anyway, I've got mosquitoes galore in my tree-filled yard. They are eating very well off me, my kids and dogs! I've been doing some reading on mosquito control and am seriously looking at a bat house. My question is ... if I haven't really seen many bats around, if I build a bat house, how do I attract the bats to it?
Has anyone done this before and had success?
15 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Aug 10, 2012

    See this for some pointers, Teresa: http://www.georgiawildlife.com/node/1093

  • Designs by BSB
    on Aug 11, 2012

    We have bats (naturally) and it doesnt cure the problem - we live on the Yellow River. Mosquito Magnet works for us!

  • Teresa D
    on Aug 11, 2012

    Hmmmm ... thanks for that link, Douglas. I didn't think about the droppings ... and since they said don't put it in a tree, I don't know where I would put it so it gets enough sun. Never heard of Mosquito Magnet @ BeckySue. I've gotta look that one up. Thanks!

    • Capernius
      on Apr 28, 2015

      @Teresa D Ms.Teresa!! according to the Ga. Wildlife, you only NEED to put the bats at the 20' to 30' level...which is quite easy actually. If you can get your hands on a utility pole(call the gas/electric company) take hat pole & cut it so that it is 35 feet long.... drop that pole in a 5 foot deep hole in the ground, backfill & make sure it stays level(not tilted one way or the other).... when you can not put any more dirt in for back fill, get your garden hose(no spray nozzle, just the hose) & start putting water around the pole....what this does is causes the dirt to settle, which means the dirt will drop further into the hole.... Back fill until either you can not fill it any more, or you run out of dirt. If you fill up the hole & can't put any more in, get the garden hose & do like I said earlier....if all goes well the pole will last you about 20 yrs or more maybe.... before you put the pole in the ground, attach a pulley to the top of the pole....add a rope to the pulley (this rope is what the bat house will hang from), add the bat house to the rope(AFTER you get the pole up)get a cleat & attach it to the pole(at about waist high) and then wind the rope around the cleat in a "figure 8" pattern. A 1/2 inch rope will be good enough for a few years ( 3 - 5 years), then start looking for signs of wear & tear on the rope... if at any time, new or old, it doesn't matter, the rope begins to come apart, replace it immediately! That means you will need to find someone with either a very tall ladder, or try & hire someone from the electric/gas company to use their bucket truck to replace the rope....

  • Teresa, I am sure you understand that mosquitoes will flourish when standing water is around. And the one place everyone forgets about is the gutters. Be sure that yours are clean. As any leaves or debris in them will cause just enough ponding of water to allow these bugs to grow. There are propane fired traps but they are expensive. They create CO2 and heat which attracts them towards the unit. once close by they are sucked into a screen bag that is attached to a vacuum fan that is part of the unit. The biggest issue with any kind of attractant type of system is that you also bring in these bugs from areas that normally would never have even been around your home. We use a very large bug zapper. This seems to work very well for us. But with the very warm weather combined with the occasional showers we have been having the insect population is out of control in some areas of the country. We also use fans. The mosquito is a very light insect often carried many miles in the slightest breeze. Ever try to kill one by slapping your hands together? The air pressure that results oftentimes pushes them out from between your hands. They are not naturally that quick to simply fly away. But the fans tend to push them out of the area to quickly for them to become a bother. Good luck and let us know what if anything you decide to do.

  • Designs by BSB
    on Aug 12, 2012

    Teresa.. Home Depot sells them, and you can often find them on Craigslist too. They work on propane with the C02 and an attractant that Woodbridge mentions. It is not cheap, but in our book, is worth every penny in our book. Woodbridge... the south, with longer warmer climates, breeds more extreme bugs (as Ive unfortunately learned after moving here from Michigan!) :-)

  • Teresa D
    on Aug 16, 2012

    Ok. So I went to U-Spray and they suggested something called Cyonara. http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/cyonara-32-oz-rts I had my son spray the yard with it. It is supposedly safe to use around plants and won't harm my dogs. It rained right after he sprayed the yard so I don't know if it will last as long as it should. I can say though, I have noticed a significant reduction in the number of mosquitoes in my yard. It treats other bugs too so maybe it will finally kill those mites on my camelias as well! That would be a bonus! We'll see how long this lasts. Thanks again for the feedback!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Aug 16, 2012

    Make sure you don't spray something that will kill the good with the bad.

  • Teresa D
    on Aug 16, 2012

    It says it controls Mosquitoes, Chinch Bugs, Fleas, Grubs, Aphids, Fire Ants & Mites. I think all of those are bad? Well, anything that bites me or tries to fly in my eyes, ears, nose or mouth is a bad bug to me. lol The active ingredient is 0.5% Lambda-cyhalothrin which lists the following: kills grubs, ants, fleas, chinch bugs, mosquitoes, sod webworms, aphids, beetles, whiteflies, mites, deer ticks, Japanese beetles, European crane flies, fire ants and other listed insects. Not sure what the "other listed insects" are. I guess that's how they getcha! The spiders seem to be getting along fine. I did get bit last night. Not sure by what. But again, the mosquito population is nowhere near what it was before I sprayed. Hope I didn't disrupt the ecosystem too much.

    • Dee
      on May 20, 2015

      @Teresa D The problem is not so much the insects that are killed but the songbirds that die from eating the poisoned insects. I so encourage bats instead!

  • Marg C
    on Aug 18, 2012

    I read the specimen label and the MSDS labels...be real careful teresa.

  • Brenda Wells
    on Mar 1, 2015

    I volunteer for wildlife and also know bat rehabber. Most bat houses are NOT constructed properly. Bats are very particular. It's not likely you could get them to roost. Find other natural methods as some some suggested . Good luck.

  • Capernius
    on Apr 28, 2015

    doing things the natural way is always better than spraying chemicals... if you have a fishpond, nature made or man made, you can get some mosquito fish & that will help some.... Bats. the one animal that most everyone fears because of made up legends & other made up stories...and let us not forget the misinformation that has been spread about bats since time began. Truth is, bats consume more insects in one night, than any other insect predator on the planet.... Truth is, bats are more afraid of you than you are of them.... Truth is, everyone should have at least 1 bat house, 2 is better, 3 are ok, and anything more than 3 bat houses, will create problems within the bat community. You will prolly not find anyone who will give you a finished bat house...but on the internet, you WILL find those that are giving away free plans on how to build. If you plan on buying one that is already made & all you have to do is hang it, best check your bank account first....they are expensive. I've seen them selling for $75 & up.....now I can not say how good they are, because I have never bought one due to lack of finances. but one you build yourself, I'm sure will be a lot better because ... YOU pick the wood you want to use. YOU choose weather to stain it or paint it. YOU choose what color you want it to be when you paint/stain it... YOU choose every single aspect of the bat house. How many commercially made products do you think you can do that with & not charge you an arm, leg,retirement plan, etc.,etc.,etc. ? I rehabilitate wild animals, so I am always looking for natural ways to solve this or that problem. When the animal is strong enough & healthy enough to support himself, I take them to a state or federal park & set them free. I do not do this for $$$, I do it because I love animals....ALL animals.

  • Diana Hansen
    on Jun 16, 2015

    I wish that I had some clever ideas for you. Good luck. I agree to be very careful of the spraying of chemicals. I have heard of people having good luck with Bats.

  • Pgl
    on Jun 17, 2015

    Bats are great and will come also set up a bird bath [ either use the a fountain or go to hardware store and buy the donuts that keep mosquitoes from laying eggs] next check your yard any old buckets or anything around have water in it ? Does your yard have puddles that last 24 hours [ that is all a mosquito egg nerds to hatch] Bat house plans are on line also check your state wildlife store.

  • Brenda Wells
    on Jun 18, 2015

    They must be in need of a location and the Bat House MUST be of exact specifications. The use of essential oils.. Lemon .Eucalyptus oil is proving to be very helpful abnd a healthily alternative to DEET.

  • Brenda Wells
    on Jun 18, 2015

    The. CDC just confirmed that Lemon Eucalyptus oil is more effective than DEET. SEE article on. Treehugger.com.

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