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Bat House for Manure, Pollination and Mosquito control

 
Benton Lewis
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Does anyone have a bat house? I was thinking of constructing a large one in my backyard to help with pollination, eat mosquitoes and give manure. Also was thinking of ways to attract birds to the yard so they could supply manure as well. Gourds for purple martins are popular where I live. I think I remember reading about someone who had homing pigeons in their yard and they said the pigeons fed themselves and pooped in their yard but after researching that, it seems one has to feed their homing pigeons but I was hoping they would feed themselves.
 
jimmy gallop
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I've been mulling over a pigeon cote with bat habitat on top of it
not sure weather it would work.
have had bat houses out for about 10 years and haven't had any luck
 
Pat R Mann
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You have to have bats in the area to start with ... then placement seems to be very important in getting them to accept your house.
I like the Dourson/MacGregor bat house:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/178384835212813768/
Easy to build and easier to mount than the older style boxes.
 
Tyler Ludens
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Not far from where I live is this historic bat house built in 1918:



http://www.batcon.org/resources/media-education/bats-magazine/bat_article/387

If you were to build a large structure like this and attract a large colony, you might obtain a significant amount of manure.

More about bat houses: http://www.batcon.org/resources/media-education/bats-magazine/bat_article/574
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