23 March 2014

Making Bat Boxes - Sundays in My City

The house into which I recently had my stuff deposited came with several mosquito catcher things in the yard.  After not dealing with mozzies for the last 3.5 years this was not an encouraging sight. My house in North Carolina had terrible mosquitos and I tried so many things to keep them away so that I could enjoy being outside but none ever worked (Hello 26 citronella plants with which I surrounded the deck!). 

So I asked a running buddy/DIY expert friend if she wanted to help me make a bat box and, of course, she not only said yes but searched for and printed plans and had all the needed materials (gotta love free scrap wood!) already on hand.  Bats can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes an hour (!!!) so encouraging them to take up residence near your home can be very beneficial!

Supervision provided by her dog, Gordon

I'll admit, I do not like using the nail gun!

Voila!  Don't they look fabulous?!?!  I love them!  For this region of the country it says to paint them a dark color but I really like the plain-wood look so I might see if it works without painting. Sheri said she's going to paint the Bat Symbol on hers! 

UPDATE: She did it!!

Now to figure out where and how to hang mine.  I'm super excited!  And it was a really fun project.  Here's hoping both of us have a mozzie-free summer!!

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Unknown Mami


  1. So glad we don't have a big mosquito problem - hope your new solution works!

  2. Wow! I live in Austin and of course, we have both bats and mosquitos. Why have I never done this? How Smart!

  3. The bat symbol on the box is funny! Love it!

  4. Love the Bat sign on the box... how cool is that. We have lots of bats in our garden.No idea where they nest though but we have lots of them.... and still have mosquitoes


  5. Heel mooi!!!
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