Are there more mosquitoes around this year, or is it just me? One of the best natural ways to combat these pesky bugs is encouraging a local population of bats. Contrary to popular belief, bats do not swoop down into your hair. And you're way more likely to contract rabies from a dog or other ground-dwelling mammal. In short, they're good citizens and excellent neighbors. But their habitats are dwindling (and the mosquito population seems to be rising). You can help by building a bat house in a sunny spot, not too close to trees and other obstacles, about 12 to 18 feet off the ground.
The Bat House Builder's Handbook is in the Library's collection, and you can also visit a variety of websites on bats and their housing needs.
Bat Conservation International has a list of tips for attracting bats, criteria for successful bat houses, and lots of information on building and installing your bat house.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park has instructions on building a bat house.
This is an informative article and an entertaining read: Why I Built a Bat House.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has an excellent PDF file on building a bat house.
This would be a great weekend project for parents and kids -- maybe even Father's Day!