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Bat Houses

Bats are an important part of Florida’s ecology. A single bat can eat thousands of insects each night. Unfortunately, bat populations are declining due to loss of habitat.

You can build or purchase a bat house to help address the habitat loss that bats face, providing these unique flying animals with a cozy place to roost.

First you’ll need to pick a site for your bat house. Choosing an open location will protect bats from predators, keep the internal temperature more constant, and make it easier for young bats to get in and out of the house.

Hang the bat house twelve to fifteen feet above the ground on the south or southeast side of a freestanding pole, preferably along a forest edge. In time, your bat house may become home to 100 or more bats!

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