Bat House Builder's Handbook by Merlin D. Tuttle

By Merlin D. Tuttle

Since 1994, The Bat residence Builder's Handbook has been the definitive resource for bat condo info. This new version has been thoroughly revised to include the most recent examine on bettering the good fortune premiums for bat homes. It updates the unique bat condo plans and contains a new "rocket field" layout, besides mounting feedback, counsel for experimentation, commonly asked bat condo questions, and data approximately bats probably to take advantage of bat houses.

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Several bats were repo rted using a bat hou se \-vith a l ~-inch-chamber in southwest Florida. Pallas's mastiff bat, Molossus molossus IN THE UNITED STATES, fou nd in buildings in the Florida Keys only. Throu gh out the Caribbean, northern Mexico, Central America, and nor thern South America, roosts includ e l, oll ow trees, palm fronds, rock crevices, ca ves, bridges, cul verts, and buildings . Uses bat h ouses yearround in Cayman Islands and Puerto Rico. Southeastern myotis, Myotis austroriparius MOSTLY RESTRI CTED to Gul f States.

Shares bat houses with Mexican free-tailed bats in Texas. Yuma myatis, Myotis yumanensis ALL OF WESTERN Can ada, Washington, Ida ho, Oregon, Californ ia, Arizona, extreme western Nevada, eastern Utah, southern Colorado to western Nevv Mexico. Restric ted to areas nea r water. Rears young in caves, in build ings, under bridges, and in bat houses . Winter habitat unknown . Lives in bat houses from Arizona to sou th wes tern Canada. Eve ning ba t, Nycticeius humeralis EAST OF THE ApPALACHIANS, ranges from so u thern Pennsylvania to Florida; west of the mountains, from southern Michigan and Wisconsin into Nebraska, and south into Texas.

Alternatively, in a few places, bats may simply have all the roosts they need and are unlikely to move until they lose an existing roost or until you provide a better home than they already have. This is where patient testing comes into play! So far, we are unaware of any large areas in North America (with the possible exception of some unusually hot desert lowlands) where bats have not been attracted. How effective are bats in controlling insects? As primary predators of night-flying insects, bats play a key role in the balance of nature.

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