Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bat facts
•Bats have been around for 50 million years.
•There are over 1000 known species of Bats
•There are 11 species in Ohio.
•All Ohio bats eat insects.
•Bats use echolocation to navigate through the sky.
•Bats are not blind.
•Bats life span is 25 to 30 years.

Photo:  Endangered Indiana Bat

Attracting Bats
Bats have to find new roosts on their own. Existing evidence strongly suggests that lures or attractants (including bat guano) will NOT attract bats to a bat house.
Bats investigate new roosting opportunities while foraging at night, and they are expert at detecting crevices, cracks, nooks and crannies that offer shelter from the elements and predators. Bat houses installed on buildings or poles are easier for bats to locate, have greater occupancy rates and are occupied two and a half times faster than those mounted on trees.

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