Build a Bat House for Natural Pest Control

North American bats polish off hordes of mosquitoes every night. Support their efforts by providing a bat house based on this advice from Bat Conservation International.



BCI Bat House
This bat house purchased from BCI attracts the common big brown bat.
MERLIN D. TUTTLE
Bat House Diagram 1
A bat house is a simple project that can be built in an afternoon.
KAY HOLMES STAFFORD
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A mammologist and head of Bat Conservation International, Merlin Tuttle obviously has a way with bats—in this case a dawn bat (Eonycteris spelaea), a type of flying fox.
PHOTO: BAT CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL/MERLIN D. TUTTLE
Bat House Diagram 2
Bat houses should be hung roughly 12–15 feet above the ground, where the approach is unobstructed by vegetation or utility wires and they are sheltered as much as possible from the wind.
KAY HOLMES STAFFORD
Brown Bat
This common brown bat has just caught a moth.
MERLIN D. TUTTLE

















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