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(KSAT San Antonio)   A Boy Scout wants to help his community. So he sets up Bat Condos for up to 1,600 bats to sleep and live in hoping they will help reduce the mosquito population. No word what they will use to get rid of the bats once they become a nuisance   (ksat.com) divider line 72
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2014-03-24 09:53:49 AM  

pissnmoan: A word about Purple Martins.  They don't eat many mosquitoes.  Bats eat them like M&M's.

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Martin


They dont actually. The whole "bats eat 600 mosquitoes an hour!" thing is from a single really flawed study where scientists put a bunch of bats in a room full of nothing but mosquitoes. Examination of the droppings of wild bats shows that they much prefer larger meatier bugs, mosquitoes making up a negligible part of their diet. Adult mosquitoes arent a significant part of any food chains, so if mosquitoes disappeared tomorrow, bats wouldnt go extinct. However their larva are an important part of many aquatic food chains.
 
2014-03-24 09:54:25 AM  
ampoliros:

Link to the plans you used?

I used the 4-chamber design. The BCI newsletter just included a paper on a study about how large bat houses are more successful (among other things that make them successful).
http://www.batcon.org/index.php/get-involved/install-a-bat-house/sub ca tegory/617.html


Thanks for the link to BCI...
I just found my next project :)
 
2014-03-24 09:55:49 AM  

Porous Horace: Sure, he looks like an innocent kid and it seems like a nice project but remember: those bats obey his every command!


well of course... he's giving them free stuff... free housing, free healthcare, 47% will vote for this kid no matter what.... wait, what were we talking about?
 
2014-03-24 10:19:10 AM  

Egoy3k: cherryl taggart: Some of my neighbors keep getting bats in their attics.  The buildup of guano is incredible.  Hope the Scout planned for the amount of guano that 1600 bats leave behind.

A bat house has an open bottom, the guano falls to the ground and decomposes.  Furthermore these are multiple houses not one giant house that concentrates it all in one place.


And bat guano makes for great fertilizer. I've been considering sticking a bat house up on a pole in the middle of one of my gardens. I'm just afraid that having the house exposed to the sun full blast all day like that will bake the bats inside, it gets awful farking hot and humid where I live here in the DC area.
 
2014-03-24 10:53:17 AM  

mongbiohazard: I'm just afraid that having the house exposed to the sun full blast all day like that will bake the bats inside, it gets awful farking hot and humid where I live here in the DC area.


Well, this Eagle Scout is building boxes in Austin, where the summer air is usually free of birds during the midday because they'd burst into flames, so either the dark is more important or he's going to bake them himself.

www.structuretech1.com

A little more design time, figure out a weather resistant outer most layer, radiant barrier, airspace, then bat box. Although I bet being in a field twenty feet above grass is significantly cooler than living over asphalt.
 
2014-03-24 11:03:07 AM  

mongbiohazard: Egoy3k: cherryl taggart: Some of my neighbors keep getting bats in their attics.  The buildup of guano is incredible.  Hope the Scout planned for the amount of guano that 1600 bats leave behind.

A bat house has an open bottom, the guano falls to the ground and decomposes.  Furthermore these are multiple houses not one giant house that concentrates it all in one place.

And bat guano makes for great fertilizer. I've been considering sticking a bat house up on a pole in the middle of one of my gardens. I'm just afraid that having the house exposed to the sun full blast all day like that will bake the bats inside, it gets awful farking hot and humid where I live here in the DC area.


Bats actually like the heat. In most of the US it's suggested to paint the houses a dark/medium color to absorb heat during the day. Most bats like to roost at 120 F or so.

http://www.batcon.org/pdfs/bathouses/ColorRecs.pdf
 
2014-03-24 11:49:48 AM  

Cyno01: pissnmoan: A word about Purple Martins.  They don't eat many mosquitoes.  Bats eat them like M&M's.

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Martin

They dont actually. The whole "bats eat 600 mosquitoes an hour!" thing is from a single really flawed study where scientists put a bunch of bats in a room full of nothing but mosquitoes. Examination of the droppings of wild bats shows that they much prefer larger meatier bugs, mosquitoes making up a negligible part of their diet. Adult mosquitoes arent a significant part of any food chains, so if mosquitoes disappeared tomorrow, bats wouldnt go extinct. However their larva are an important part of many aquatic food chains.


You're forgetting that regular vs breeding season will cause bats to eat different insects at different parts of the year. Mexican free-tailed bats actually eat quite a bit of mosquitoes, although the numbers on that I don't have. Suffice to say, they will take mosquitoes.

http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/repositoryfiles/ca5201p8-67722.pdf
 
2014-03-24 11:58:11 AM  
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2014-03-24 12:32:04 PM  

Liese: Cyno01: pissnmoan: A word about Purple Martins.  They don't eat many mosquitoes.  Bats eat them like M&M's.

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Martin

They dont actually. The whole "bats eat 600 mosquitoes an hour!" thing is from a single really flawed study where scientists put a bunch of bats in a room full of nothing but mosquitoes. Examination of the droppings of wild bats shows that they much prefer larger meatier bugs, mosquitoes making up a negligible part of their diet. Adult mosquitoes arent a significant part of any food chains, so if mosquitoes disappeared tomorrow, bats wouldnt go extinct. However their larva are an important part of many aquatic food chains.

You're forgetting that regular vs breeding season will cause bats to eat different insects at different parts of the year. Mexican free-tailed bats actually eat quite a bit of mosquitoes, although the numbers on that I don't have. Suffice to say, they will take mosquitoes.

http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/repositoryfiles/ca5201p8-67722.pdf


Yeah but we can't have Mexican bats taking the jobs of American bats in Texas, somebody's likely to get shot.
 
2014-03-24 01:01:31 PM  

ampoliros: I will say this though; there are some problems with the houses he built.
     The landing pads are too short and don't look rough enough to easily grip.
     They probably aren't dark enough to absorb heat; bats like it warm in their summer homes.
     The don't appear to be set up for convection ventilation (vent holes).


Also it's a terrible school district, and you have to wonder about eventually reselling a bat condo that's stayed on the market past 180 days this time around.
 
2014-03-24 01:03:34 PM  
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2014-03-24 01:08:25 PM  
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2014-03-24 02:36:41 PM  

gremlin79: Seriously, nobody thought of owls?
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Probably because of the resulting infestation.

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2014-03-24 03:11:27 PM  

big pig peaches: mahkno: No atheist or gay bats welcomed.

So no fruit bats than?


Well except for Eric, but he's only 'alf a fruit bat...
 
2014-03-24 03:25:20 PM  

ampoliros: mongbiohazard: Egoy3k: cherryl taggart: Some of my neighbors keep getting bats in their attics.  The buildup of guano is incredible.  Hope the Scout planned for the amount of guano that 1600 bats leave behind.

A bat house has an open bottom, the guano falls to the ground and decomposes.  Furthermore these are multiple houses not one giant house that concentrates it all in one place.

And bat guano makes for great fertilizer. I've been considering sticking a bat house up on a pole in the middle of one of my gardens. I'm just afraid that having the house exposed to the sun full blast all day like that will bake the bats inside, it gets awful farking hot and humid where I live here in the DC area.

Bats actually like the heat. In most of the US it's suggested to paint the houses a dark/medium color to absorb heat during the day. Most bats like to roost at 120 F or so.

http://www.batcon.org/pdfs/bathouses/ColorRecs.pdf


I was wondering about that. I'm in Phoenix, I'm pretty sure a dark bat-house would be called an "oven".
 
2014-03-24 03:26:28 PM  
Will wait for the follow-up article regarding the forced take-down of said condo due to lack of permits.
 
2014-03-24 03:45:43 PM  
Came for a picture of Bat Boy.  Leaving disappointed.
 
2014-03-24 04:14:08 PM  

ampoliros: They probably aren't dark enough to absorb heat; bats like it warm in their summer homes.


These are going up in San Antonio, where it will break triple digits for at least 40 consecutive days in the summer. The bats will be warm.

They're also going up just a few miles from the Bracken Bat Cave, which is a colony of about 20 million. So it'll be interesting to see how many bats he can attract.

//BCI is my charity of choice.
 
2014-03-24 05:29:08 PM  

That Guy Jeff: I was wondering about that. I'm in Phoenix, I'm pretty sure a dark bat-house would be called an "oven".


"How do you like your bat, Dusty"
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2014-03-24 05:35:27 PM  
I live in a condo and have bats in my attic. They creeps us out in the middle of the night with their scratching around and whatnot. Can't find where they are getting in either so I guess we're stuck with them.

My wife's office is above an exterminator so she talked to them one day about getting rid of them. It seems our condo complex is well known to them for this problem. Everyone calls them out but since we have a common attic area there's not really anything they can do. It's a HOA problem and they can't figure out where they're getting in. I've been thinking of birdnetting my side where it meets my neighbors unit to at least isolate myself but I'm sure there's a fire code or HOA rule I'd be breaking.
 
2014-03-24 06:11:38 PM  
When the time comes, break out the old .410 and have a little batting practice.
 
2014-03-24 08:01:32 PM  
 
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