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FACTS ABOUT OUR BAT HOUSES
WHY CHOOSE OUR BAT HOUSE?
Bat Houses have been used by people in many countries attempting to control nuisance insects. Designs of these houses have varied. We have decided to carry two distinct model types: The traditional cedar homes and the more contemporary homes made from plywood. Although the cedar homes have been used successfully for many years, recent studies have identified many factors which bats seem to like. These include ease of entry, temperature stability, dryness, spaces between chambers of the house, quietness, and size to name a few. The newer designs take these factors into consideration. Listed below are more details on just what these differences are. These design features apply to the newer plywood homes only! Cedar homes are constructed the way they have always been - no glue, no paint, no varnish or polyurethane. Features of the Plywood Homes 1) Every house is hand crafted. Each piece is cut, glued and shaped to insure a tight fit and strong construction. This process guarantees a long life for each and every house. 2) Every piece is glued and then fastened together so there is no air or water leaking into the living area. This is important for the comfort and safety of your bats. 3) Each chamber has hardware cloth which allows for a sure grip for any bat. Young bats easily fall out of bat houses which have only rough wood or plastic for them to hang. It costs more to use hardware cloth, but it lasts longer and it reduces young bat mortality. 4) All hardware cloth ends are covered and the seams are sealed with glue. This stops any sharp ends from cutting bat wings. Bat wings are fragile and damage easily. 5) All inside joints are sealed to insure that nuisance pests or para- sites do not become a problem. By sealing these cracks there are less nest sites for such insects. 6) Each finished bat house is stained and then coated with no less than two coats of outdoor Spar Urethane. This ensures a long life for the house. It can withstand cold winters or hot summers. And this design is bat friendly. Original houses had wood which was left natural. Research has shown bats prefer a finished home which is both airtight and watertight. Our homes provide such conditions. 7) The sturdy and solid feel of your houses will provide a safe and comfortable home for your bats. And even though it was commonly be- lieved that bats would want only natural woods which were untreated, new data is indicating this might not be true. Some research shows bats are more likely to occupy homes made of plywood, stained and sealed with urethane! 8) Bats prefer chamber spacing to be 7/8" to 1 1/2" apart. All our houses have chambers in this range, usually 1". 9) Each attic of our houses are insulated. In addition to the insulation, each house has shingles and a rain guard. This helps to hold the temperature constant in the house. It also reduces noise and provides a more comfortable setting for bats to roost. 10) Each house has a large landing pad. Bats do not fly well. The landing pad allows them to enter the house with ease. These designs might cost a little more, but they will last a lifetime. Their design is one which bats like, so you will house bats faster and longer. And since it is put together so well, your bats will live safer and happier lives. Remember, most local bats will live fifteen to twenty years. Providing a comfortable residence for your bats insures they will return year after year! And a happy bat is one which will eat more mosquitoes! We were recently interviewed for a segment FOX 5 NEWS ran during their evening news program. The segment talked about bats, why they are good to have around the house and features owner Jonathan Schaefer along with some of the Bat Houses we have been selling. The segment is about 4 minutes long so we posted it as two files, each about 2 minutes long and about 5 Megs in size. If you have a high speed internet connection, you will be able to stream these files playing them as they download. However, if you are using a dial up connection, you will be better off downloading them first and then playing them in their entirety. Click on the link below to go to our Video Page where you will find these files or look below this link for the other pages of our on line catalog. The story was very positive for Bats and may just be showing a changing feeling amongst the general population when it comes to this misunderstood creature. CLICK HERE FOR OUR VIDEO PAGE AND THE BAT NEWS STORY !!
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