Bat House

Zika, malaria, and dengue fever just to name a few. The most dangerous infectious animal in the world is the mosquito, and it transmits all these diseases and more. It is estimated that each year, mosquitos infect over 100 million people with mosquito-borne disease, and over a million people die from these infections.

Aside from the whole disease and death thing, no one enjoys mosquito bites. This bat house, constructed with guidance from Bat Conservation International, can house up to 200 bats. In some environments, one bat can eat 1000 mosquitoes in an hour. This seems to be much more efficient and long lasting than lighting a tiki torch or spraying one’s skin, especially here in the deep South.

Bat houses must be hung with some attention to the environment. I would encourage you to read about such research and tips at www.batcon.org or www.batsbirdsyard.com.

These bat houses are waterproof and have two chambers.  Adequate ventilation is present on both sides.  A tin roof provides an overhang and protection from the elements.  Holes in the middle divider allow for communication between the chambers and both walls of each chamber are scored to allow for easy mobility within.  These can be painted in various colors but a medium to dark finish allows for a temperature gradient most likely to facilitate occupancy in Mississippi.