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DIY Your Own Bat House To Put A Stop To Pesky Mosquitoes
Bats often get a bad reputation, but a 2014 study from the University of Wisconsin highlights their importance in natural pest control, as they regularly feed on pesky mosquitoes.
Building a bat house is a practical and affordable DIY project that not only tackles mosquito issues in your backyard but also supports struggling bat populations.
It requires basic woodworking tools, ½-inch-thick plywood or cedar, silicone caulk, exterior-grade screws, and in-depth designs like those in the Bat House Builder's Handbook.
Crucial features include interior grooves or mesh for bats to cling to, a small entry to deter predators, a moisture-resistant structure, and a landing area at least 4 inches high.
Mount the bat house 15 to 20 feet high on a wood or stone structure, ideally under eaves for predator protection, in a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight daily.
If the idea of building a bat house seems daunting, consider purchasing a pre-built one. For best results, use a bat box in conjunction with other mosquito-repelling strategies.