Bat box

Cedar wood bat box.
€16.44
€16.44
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Eco-friendly and weatherproof, the bat box is designed in cedar wood and has 2 fixings at the back.

Dimensions : 22.5 x 12.5 x 34 cm

The role of bats in the fight against mosquitoes

In the spring, as soon as they come out of hibernation, pipistrelle bats (European bats) can feed on thousands of mosquitoes in a single night.

Installing bat boxes on houses so that bats can re-settle urban areas is the perfect complement to a larger-scale eco-firendly mosquito solution such as the SmartBAM.

As well as being an efficient way of controlling mosquitoes, bats also play a very important role in the environment. They act as a natural insecticide and effectively regulate insect pests.

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Guide

Installing a bat box

  1. The bat box should be installed at the end of winter (early April), so that bats can settle in as soon as they come out of hibernation, or at the end of summer.

  2. Hang it at a height of 2 to 3m at least, to protect it from predators. If there are cats in the area, make sure they cannot reach the bat box.

  3. The bat boxes should face south, south-east or west, with good exposure to sunlight (8 to 10h per day).

  4. Clear obstacles from below the bat box in order to ease access to it.

  5. Check that rainwater cannot penetrate it.

  6. Fix the bat box to a building (on the facade, as close as possible to the roof), post, or solitary tree or at the edge of a forest or wood. Trees are the least suitable choice for the pipistrelle bat (target species because it is common and effective against mosquitoes), as it is mainly anthropophilic (preferring human constructions).

  7. Check the stability of the fixing.

  8. Keep a certain distance from human activity (to avoid disturbing the occupants). Choose a calm location away from strong lighting (bats are not blind), and do not touch the nest once installed.

  9. If the support is a building or post, use galvanised screws instead of nails to ensure it is weatherproof and extend the service life of the fixing.

  10. If the support is a tree, it needs to be protected. Prevent any activity that could cause shaking and use metal wire to fix the bat box around the tree, placing pieces of dead wood between the trunk and the metal wire.

  11. If, after 2 years, the bat box is still not occupied, move it elsewhere. Perhaps the bats just have not found it.

  12. If a second bat box is available, install it next to the first one. This technique allows the animal to swap when the temperature in one of them is too high.

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