What would you say if I told you that we’re supposed to be a bumper crop of mosquitoes this year in Minnesota? Not a very pleasant thought is it. Now what would you say if I told you that you could get rid of thousands of mosquitoes every night without any chemicals? Sounds pretty enticing doesn’t it?

According to studies a single bat can consume between 1-5000 mosquitoes every night. I’d hate to be the poor scientist to had to count eaten mosquitoes but that’s a pretty staggering number. If you think that’s a staggering number consider the fact that a bat house that is 12″ x 8″ x 5″ can house up to 20-25 bats. That could mean between 20,000 to 125,000 mosquitoes a night. I don’t know how accurate those numbers are but even if it did one tenth of what it claims it would be worth it.

Bat houses are made usually from cedar and are fairly simple enough in design that you could make your own. In fact, if you wanted to do it yourself here’s a website that has free plans: http://www.eparks.org/wildlife_protection/wildlife_facts/bats/bat_house.asp

If you’re not interested in making it yourself you can pick them up pretty cheaply. We have them at our store for $16.99 and when you consider all the mosquito carnage that you get for less than $20 bucks it seems like a steal.

Here are some tips on how and where to hang your feeder:

1. Make sure you place it where it gets maximum sun in the morning and is shaded from afternoon heat. In others words if you can face it towards the east.

2. Place it at least 10 feet off the ground in a spot that is sheltered and protected somewhat from the weather. A good place would be under the eaves of your house or garage.

3. Bats need a water source so ideally you are situated near a natural source of water. If you don’t live near water try using a bird bath.

4. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have bats right away. Sometimes it takes a year for the bats to take up residence in your bat house. If it has been more than a year try a different location for the house.

For more info contact us at 763-553-1222

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