Instead of buying a bug zapper, try building a GREEN, ENERGY EFFICIENT alternative: a bat house!
Bats are mother nature's insecticide, and a single brown bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitos an hour! (http://www.eparks.org/wildlife_protection/wildlife_facts/bats/bat_house.asp). Additionally, bats are an essential part of a healthy ecosystem, and their populations have diminished in recent times due to deforestation and loss of habitat. Lastly, bats are just cool.
Bat houses come in a myriad of shapes and sizes, but I decided to build the most simple version I could find. This is a Single Chamber bat house, and can hold up to 50 bats. This design was based off of the plans from eparks.org (link above), and I need to give credit to good friends of mine, the Warren clan for inspiring me to build one, and for tips and advice.
Step 1: Supplies and Materials
The size of your bat house can vary, depending on the amount of wood you have available. Use these measurements as an approximation if your supplies are lacking.
1/2'' or 3/4'' outdoor grade plywood (or whatever you have)
- 26.5'' x 24'' -- the backboard
- 16.5'' x 24''
- 5'' x 24''
- 1'' x 21.5'' (two)
- 1'' x 22''
- 1'' screws
- exterior (water based!) staining or sealant
- black spray paint and tape (optional-for decaling)
- shingles, galvanized metal sheet, or left over wood for a roof (optional)
- miter saw
- table saw
- hand saw (if don't have a miter saw or table saw)