I found a book on building bird houses at the Library, I especially want to try building some of the houses for House finches that I found in there!,,,Since they are around here almost year round.:D
And how about bat houses to take care of bugs?
I built a bat house and put it up 2 years ago. No bats yet. Stats say that it takes about a year of "aging" before they will use it and stay there. I hope by coming spring I'll have some. You are not supposed to catch them and relocate them out of the area where they are caught (wildlife & fisheries / USDA)
I still need to get my bat house put up!
In the UK it is an offence to injure or kill a bat or interfer with a roost. A bat box is over here only used as a summer roost. In winter they go to a hibernacular and group together to prevent heat loss whilst hibernating. The inside of a bat box should have no paint or presevative on it just plain wood. The rougher the better. If you go onto www.bats.org.uk you will find a real mine of information on bats round the world including US bats. I get suprano pips in my garden as well as barbies some times.
I hope your bats are thriving.
I hear the US Army have funded a $10million bat droid. Hope you don't get one of those in your box Larry(of the smallest US mountain fame)
Thanks Colin, good info. :)
..but got it up to late in the season for Bats this year, Hoping for next year. I would post a pic but you can't on this forum. Maybe when they upgrade we will be able to post em.
I found the bat house I bout the first year after I bought this place! Now I can get it put up! The cedar it is made of still smells good too!
Wow, maybe this is why the bug population has increased:
U.S. Senate approves funds to research fatal bat disease 4:42 PM
Mysterious 'white-nose syndrome' has killed at least 1.5 million, placing North America's entire bat population at risk of extinction.
The U.S. Senate has approved $500,000 for continued research into a mysterious aliment that has killed at least 1.5 million bats in the northeast over the past three years, including most of the bats that inhabited New Jersey’s three largest winter dens.
We have had an explosion of Stink Bugs ... info:
It's interesting that these bugs have only been in the United Sates for about 10 years.
They believe they hitched a ride from Asia and were first seen in the U.S. in Allentown, PA, in 1998 (site of int'l. airport). They have now spread to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia.
Just imagine how many there will be in another 10 years, as they really have no natural predators, other than bats.
Any NON-leathal ideas of how to keep bats from coming into my house that does not require some remodeling?
Your local bat group, I am sure there must be one on the web. They will tell you if you may be breaking tthe law interfering with a bat roost. Bats don't normally do any damage except you should take care in cleaning any mess up, wear gloves and a mask. What type are your bats? Also is it a summer roost or all year?
I put 2 bluebird houses up this year. Had my first nesting pair build and lay their first egg on Mother's Day. Over the next 3 days they laid 3 more. All the eggs hatched and they raised 4 young. And guess what? Last week they came back with 2 of their offspring and have built another nest and this morning...here on Father's Day we have 1 egg. Isn't that a hoot. Can't believe they picked Mother's and Father's day to start laying. I bet that will never happen again!
That is really great!! And too much on the days it happened, but a nice coincidence.
You must have a good area for nesting too. Keep us posted as you seem to be "growing" your own bluebird flock :)
Usually in the past I've only ever seen a solitary bluebird here and there, but in the last several years I've seen flocks of 10 to 20 ... very cool.
If you like birdhouses, you should try making butterfly and ladybug roosts for your flower and veggie gardens also!
And how about the toad homes? Don't leave out the toads!!
I saw 2 squash bugging yesterday and they are so sneaky. You move toward them and they move around the stem. I like to have never got them off to kill them, plus their skeletons are so hard. They are getting to be a real problem. I dislike sneaky of any type..lol
For the reason being that Kobe bryant throughout his career earned championships all the while facing larger, stronger, more athletic basketball players than what Mj took on...I rank Kobe as the greatest 2 guard ever...Any contrary thoughts?