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    Bat Houses

    Criteria for Successful Bat Houses

    Whether you build or buy a bat house, make sure the dimensions meet the criteria below. Following these construction and installation guidelines will greatly increase your odds of attracting bats. These recommendations are based on 12 years of bat-house research conducted across the U.S, Canada and the Caribbean. Small, poorly made houses commonly sold in stores or any house improperly installed are likely to fail. Much more information is available on BCI’s website: http://www.batcon.org.

    1. DESIGN: All bat houses should be at least 2 feet tall, have chambers at least 20 inches tall and 14 inches wide, and have a landing area extending below the entrance at least 3 to 6 inches (some houses feature recessed partitions that offer landing space inside). Taller and wider houses are even better. Rocket boxes should be at least 3 feet tall and have at least 12 inches of linear roost space. Most bat houses have one to four roosting chambers – the more the better. Roost partitions should be carefully spaced 3/4 to 1 inch apart. All partitions and landing areas should be roughened. Wood surfaces can be scratched or grooved horizontally, at roughly 1/4- to 1/2-inch intervals, or covered with durable, square plastic mesh (1/8- or 1/4-inch mesh).

    Where average July high temperatures are 85° F or more, include vents approximately 6 inches from the bottom of all houses that are 24 to 32 inches tall. Front vents should be as long as a house is wide, side vents 6 inches tall by 1/2-inch wide. Houses 36 inches tall or more should have vents 10 to 12 inches from the bottom.

    2. CONSTRUCTION: For wooden houses, a combination of exterior plywood (ACX, BCX or T1-11 grade) and cedar is best. Plywood for bat-house exteriors should be at least 1/2-inch thick with at least four plies. Do not use pressure-treated wood. Any screws, hardware or staples used must be exterior grade (galvanized, coated, stainless, etc). To increase longevity, use screws rather than nails. Caulk all seams, especially around the roof.

    Alternative materials, such as plastic or fiber-cement board, may last longer and require less maintenance.

    3. WOOD TREATMENT : For the exterior, apply three coats of exterior grade, water-based paint or stain. Observations suggest that color should be black where average high temperatures in July are less than 85° F, dark colors (such as dark brown or dark gray) where they are 85° to 95° F, medium colors where they are 95° to 100° F and white or light colors where they exceed 100° F. Much depends upon amount of sun exposure; adjust to darker colors for less sun. For the interior, use two coats dark, exterior grade, water-based stain. Apply stain after creating scratches or grooves or prior to stapling plastic mesh. Paint fills grooves, making them unusable.

    4. SUN EXPOSURE : Houses where high temperatures in July average 80° F or less, should receive at least 10 hours of sun, and more is better. At least six hours of direct daily sun is recommended for all bat houses where July’s daily highs average less than 100° F. Full, all-day sun is often successful in all but the hottest climates. To create favorable conditions for maternity colonies in summer, internal bat-house temperatures should stay between 80° F and 100° F as long as possible.

    5. HABITAT : Most nursery colonies of bats choose roosts within 1/4 mile of water, preferably a stream, river or lake. Greatest bat-house success has been achieved in areas of diverse habitat, especially where there is a mixture of varied agricultural use and natural vegetation. Bat houses are most likely to succeed in regions where bats are already attempting to live in buildings.

    6. MOUNTING : Bat houses should be mounted on buildings or poles. Houses mounted on trees or metal siding are seldom used. Wood, brick or stone buildings with proper solar exposure are excellent choices, and houses mounted under eaves are often successful. Single-chamber houses work best when mounted on buildings.

    Mounting two bat houses back-to-back on poles (with one facing north and the other south) is ideal. Place houses 3/4-inch apart and cover both with a galvanized metal roof to protect the center roosting space from rain. All bat houses should be mounted at least 12 feet above ground, and 15 to 20 feet is better. Bat houses should not be lit by bright lights.

    7. PROTECTION FROM PREDATORS : Houses mounted on the sides of buildings or on metal poles provide the best protection from predators. Metal predator guards may be helpful, especially on wooden poles. Bats may find bat houses more quickly if they are located along forest or water edges where bats tend to fly. However, they should be placed at least 20 to 25 feet from the nearest tree branches, wires or other potential perches for aerial predators.

    8. AVOIDING UNINVITED GUESTS : Wasps can be a problem before bats fully occupy a house. Use of 3/4-inch roosting spaces reduces the risk of wasps. If nests accumulate, they should be removed in late winter or early spring before either wasps or bats return. Open-bottom houses greatly reduce problems with birds, mice, squirrels or parasites, and guano does not accumulate inside.

    9. TIMING : Bat houses can be installed at any time of the year, but they are more likely to be used during their first summer if installed before the bats return in spring. When using bat houses in conjunction with excluding bats from a building, install the bat houses at least two to six weeks before the actual eviction, if possible.

    10. IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL EXPERIMENTATION : It is best to test for local needs before putting up more than three to six houses. Compare houses of different colors or shades and sun exposure.

    http://www.batcon.org/pdfs/bathouses...secriteria.pdf

    Single-chamber Bat House (wall mounted) http://www.batcon.org/pdfs/bathouses...berBHPlans.pdf

    Beneficial Bats Backyard Habitat for Wildlife http://www.fws.gov/Asheville/pdfs/beneficialbats.pdf

    Carlsbad Caverns Do-It-Yourself Bat House - Good Step by Step Instructions http://web.archive.org/web/200802240...e/bathouse.htm

    Carlsbad Caverns Bat House on a Post - Illustration of bat house on a post ( also called a Rocket Box) http://www.batsnorthwest.org/images/rocket_box_plan.jpg
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    Build a Bat House

    love bats because mosquitoes LOVE to bite me. Pesticides mostly kill the mosquito's predators rather than mosquitoes. According to Bat Conservation International, a single bat can capture 500 to 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour!

    Bats are also interesting because:

    •In many ecosystems, they play a key role in pollinating plants.
    •There are more than 1,000 species of bats in the world!
    •Some bats use echolocation, or high pitched chirps which bounce off objects in front of them, to find their way in the dark.

    Before I share my bat house building experience, let me say that I am no carpenter. This was my first time using a circular saw. Hopefully this can help even the least handy person build a bat house.

    Why Build a Bat House?
    You might be surprised: bats don't always live in caves. Some bats spend winter months in caves, but most bats spend summers in trees, under bridges or in old buildings, where they give birth and rear young.

    Your goal is to make a bat house that mimics the space between bark and a tree trunk. That would be the bats' ideal nursery. That's why the space inside a bat house is very narrow, unlike a bird house which would house a nest. Bats like tight spaces. They also need it nice and warm for the babies. That's why we paint the box a dark color in most climates and why we caulk the sides to keep the heat in. Also, you'll be using a saw to rough up inside the box. That makes it more like tree bark and easier for the bats to climb up.

    You might wonder why you need to build a bat house. Why can't the bats just find a nice tree? That is the challenge for many bat species as forests are cleared. Ideally they would live in a natural home but we build bat houses to help those who can't find space in a forest.

    A bat house is also is a great way to provide cover for wildlife, as well as a place for wildlife to raise young--two components of becoming a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat site.

    How to Build a Bat House
    First I printed the Small Economy Bat House plan (pdf) from Bat Conservation International's website. The big surprise was that this bat house ended up being bigger than I expected: two feet wide and almost three feet tall! According to their website, a successful bat house can be smaller (14 inches wide instead of 24 inches wide), but this one was designed to easily use up a 2 foot by 4 foot piece of plywood with fewer cuts.

    That was not how I had pictured a bat house. Have you ever seen bat houses for sale that are smaller or shaped like a bird house? I have. That just means those houses were made by people less acquainted with bat needs.

    I read over the plan and I found that I needed a location with:

    •lots of sun;
    •at least 15 feet off the ground (to protect against predators); and
    •ideally a water source nearby (so the mother bat doesn't have to leave her young for too long).
    Interestingly, bats are less attracted to bat houses mounted on trees. Bat houses mounted on buildings retain heat better and are less accessible to predators. You can put them on a pole though. Luckily my townhouse is three stories high and has a sunny side. It's also near a stream. So I felt I probably had a good site.

    Supplies Needed to Build a Bat House
    The supplies on the Bat Conservation International plan are:

    •1/4 sheet ( 2' x 4' ) 1/2" AC, BC, or T1-11 (outdoor grade) plywood. DO NOT use pressure treated wood.
    •One piece 1" x 2" (3/4" x 1 1/2" finished) x 8' pine
    •20-30 1 1/4" coated deck or exterior-grade Phillips screws
    •One pint dark, water-based stain, exterior-grade
    •One pint water-based primer, exterior-grade
    •One quart flat water-based paint or stain, exterior-grade
    •One tube paintable latex caulk
    •1" x 3" x 28" board for roof (optional, but highly recommended)
    •Black asphalt shingles or galvanized metal (optional)
    •6-10 7/8" roofing nails (optional)
    Tools Needed to Build a Bat House
    •Table saw or handsaw
    •Caulking gun
    •Variable speed reversing drill
    •Paintbrushes
    •Phillips bit for drill
    •Tape measure or yardstick
    •Scissors (optional)
    •Staple gun (optional)
    For those of you who do not normally buy wood, here are some tips:

    •Try to purchase Forest Stewardship Council certified wood and/or recycle scrap wood.
    •When you buy a piece of wood that is advertised as 1 inch by 2 inches, it is not actually that big when you measure it. It's more like 3/4 inch by 1 1/2 inches. That was important for me to know because it allowed me to use scrap wood for part of the project.
    The supply list in the bat house plan was very helpful, but I would add:

    •Two clamps for clamping wood while you saw or drill
    •Safety glasses for when you use power tools
    •A small broom for sweeping sawdust
    Also, the bat house plan calls for paint. I didn't know what color and initially I thought white to match my house trim. But then I checked their website and they have a map where you look up what color to paint your bat house. For my area, I need dark brown or gray.

    http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garde...Bat-House.aspx
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    Hint: Fingernail polish is a myth ... http://mlbr.ro/chiggers

    How do you treat chigger bites?
    Photographs by Hansell F. Cross, Georgia State University, Bugwood.org

    Q: What are red bugs and how do you treat them?

    A: Red bugs, chiggers, berry bugs, scrub-itch mites and harvest mites are all terms used to describe members of the family of insects known as Trombiculidae. These reddish-orange mites can be found worldwide, but they really enjoy hanging out in damp, grassy and wooded areas, especially at the edges of forests. In the United States, chiggers are mostly found in the southeast, south and midwest. They are most active from early spring to early autumn, until the first frost.

    Chigger larvae might infest humans by crawling up our shoes and legs as we make our way through the scrub. What’s kind of cool is that they do not actually bite us. Likewise, they do not burrow into our skin, and they do not suck our blood. Instead, chiggers use their mouths to drill tiny holes into our skin through which they secrete specialized salivary enzymes designed to break down our skin cells from the inside. Then, they slurp up the mixture through a tube formed by hardened skin cells called a stylosome. Basically, it’s like drinking a big “YOU” protein shake!

    Your skin does not take too kindly to all of this drilling and parasitic digestion. Consequently, humans typically develop intensely itchy, bright red pimple-like bumps or hives or a generalized skin rash in the areas where the mites were attached, even up to 24 to 48 hours after exposure. Chiggers prefer to attach to skin at areas where the clothing fits tightly against the body, such as at the tops of socks or around the elastic edges of underwear, so a rash in these areas may be a clue to the specific cause.

    So, what can you do for a chigger rash? First, forget the old myth of applying fingernail polish to the affected areas. Chiggers do NOT burrow into the skin, so trying to suffocate the mites with polish makes no sense at all. Second, chiggers do not lay eggs in the skin, so stop worrying about that.

    Chigger wounds are a complex mixture of mechanical damage to the skin (the drilling), enzymatic disruption of the skin (the digestion), and your body’s own attempt to get rid of the parasite. Consequently, the most important thing to do is to prevent chigger infestation. Avoid camping in warm, moist temperate climates of high mammal density, including livestock pastures, natural parks and preserves.

    If the area is infested, get out of there quickly and wash your skin vigorously with soap and water. Itching is best alleviated through the use of topical corticosteroids (either over-the-counter hydrocortisone 1% ointment or prescription strength from your physician) and anti-histamines like Benadryl. Watch out for severe rashes that can become secondarily infected with bacteria; in these cases, consult a doctor immediately.

    Now you know a “mitey” bit more about chiggers than you did before!

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    Bug Repellent And After Bite Recipes
    June 26, 2013


    Mossy mossy has recipes for three different repellents and then they have a recipe for an after bite remedy. I know its been really rainy in my area and the mosquitoes are ferocious. http://mossymossy.com/?p=512


    Beeswax Bug Goop

    2 oz beeswax
    2 oz sweet almond oil
    1 oz jojoba oil
    ½ oz canola oil
    40 drops essential oil blend

    With beeswax: Heat almond, jojoba and canola oils in saucepan and add beeswax. Allow the mixture to cool slightly and then add essential oils. Pour into a sealed container.


    Lanolin Bug Salve

    2 oz anhydrous lanolin (natural wax)
    2 dropperfulls neem seed oil
    60 drops essential oil blend

    Warm the lanolin under hot tap water. Mix all ingredients and pour into a sealed container. Refrigerate to harden.



    No-Bite Bug Spray

    1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
    1/8 cup almond oil, witch hazel or grain alcohol
    1/8 cup distilled water
    60 drops essential oil blend


    Mix all ingredients and add to a smallish spray bottle.


    And, just in case….

    Mossy After-Bite

    First, try not to scratch, since you should not apply this to open skin.
    Then, soak a cotton ball in witch hazel and apply to the bite for a few minutes. The astringent tannins, procyanadins, resin, and flavonoids help soothe pain and reduce swelling.
    Apply essential camphor oil (mostly harvested from the wood of Asian camphor laurel tree) with a cotton ball and wait for a minute. Camphor, a common ingredient in commercial anti-itch gels, stimulates nerve endings and relieves symptoms of pain.
    Then, apply a drop of essential tea tree oil to further reduce the itch.

    Just a note: Although swarms of vampiric bugs can cause much misery, their presence should not be used as an excuse to avoid camping in the backcountry. Or the backyard. Also, remember to wash your hands thoroughly if handling amiable arthropods like our sweet dragonflies or any other cuddly camp critters.

    And remember, pack in, pack out!
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    I love this ladybug feeder. Apartment therapy has instructions to make it and it is a great thing to have in the garden or yard. Ladybugs eat aphids mealy bugs, scale, leaf hoppers, and other destructive pests so if you can attract and keep them around aphids will be a few less pests that you will spend the summer fighting off your tomatoes and roses. I really like that she tells what to put in the feeder so the ladybugs can eat in case the aphid count is low so the ladybugs won’t starve.



    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-...-garden-169681

    Materials

    Bamboo, about 10" in length by 1 1/2" - 2" in diameter.
    Garden twine or chain
    Raisins

    Tools

    Saw
    Drill
    Pencil
    Ruler

    Instructions

    1. Gather your materials and tools.

    2. Measure your bamboo. I marked mine at 10".

    3. After you've made your mark, use your pencil to draw a line tapering the end at an angle. This will provide a sort of umbrella to keep the rain out of your ladybug feeder.

    4. Use your saw to cut the line at the angle, being careful not to spilt your bamboo.

    5. Do the same thing on the opposite end and then you're left with the finished bamboo. If your ends are really sharp or jagged, you can gently sand them with a piece of sandpaper.

    6. Use your drill to drill holes just slightly bigger than the twine you're using.

    7. Insert twine ends through the holes, making a double knot on each end.

    8. Hang your ladybug feeder and insert a couple of raisins into the bamboo feeder. The raisins will draw the ladybugs to the feeder and feed them if aphids or other insects are scarce.

    9. I chose to hang mine close to a food source, situating my feeder on a hook between my rose bushes, since they are notorious aphid attracters.

    Additional Notes: Your twine should last through the season but might need to replaced yearly.
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    Outdoor pests can be a problem this time of year. Here are our tips for controlling them (without chemicals): http://www.homemadesimple.com/en-us/...revention.aspx




    Summer brings out more pests than the rest of the year, especially outside. Remove them from your yard, patio and garden naturally with the help of our guide.

    Prevention Tips

    • Keep stacks of firewood or other items that give bugs a hiding space far away from the house.
    •Collect small tools or outdoor toys together in sealed tubs or containers.
    • Repair any water leaks quickly, and fill in areas where water puddles after rain.
    • Keep gutters free from debris and make sure they drain quickly.
    • Switch outdoor lighting to lower wattage bulbs, or yellow light bulbs.

    Plant Care
    Use our natural spray to keep all types of pests from destroying plants in your garden.

    INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Combine 1 clove minced garlic, a medium-sized onion, cut into quarters, and 1 quart of water. Let sit for 1 hour.
    2. Add 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap. Mix thoroughly.
    3. Spray mixture on and around outdoor plants. Refrigerate leftover spray for up to a week.

    Flying Insects
    Use plants and natural oils to repel bees, flies, moths and mosquitos.

    Flies, bees and wasps: Locate the areas they’re generally found, and sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus oil around.

    Moths: Plant the herb Artemisia (also known as southernwood) to rid your yard of moths while bringing in the scents of dill and mint.

    Mosquitos: Deter mosquitos from crashing the party by planting marigolds, ageratum, catnip and lemon thyme.

    Crawling Insects

    Ants: Create our natural pesticide from citrus oil and cayenne pepper to deter ants from gathering:

    INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Mix 10 drops of citrus essential oil, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1 cup warm water.
    2. Add ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well.
    3. Spray any areas where ants are found.

    Tip: Spray vinegar over large solid surfaces (like walls) for an inexpensive, natural ant deterrent.


    Slugs: Leave lemon, orange and grapefruit rinds out overnight near slug prone plants, and then collect and trash them—covered with slugs—first thing the next morning. Old lettuce leaves work well too.
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    Food Network put out this same recipe several years ago however, they boil the water to get the sugar to dissolve and add a torn up cotton ball to give the ants something to take the food back to the queen, with.

    Homemade Ant Killer – Works In Minutes!

    by Jessica http://www.mom4real.com/homemade-ant-killer/

    Last week I shared my Homemade Peppermint Ant Deterrent Spray that helps keep ants from coming in your home. http://www.mom4real.com/homemade-peppermint-ant-spray/

    Today however, I want to go a step further. Today I’m going to tell you how to get rid of ants if you already have them in your home, on your patio or even in your yard. All ants, even the fire ants! You only need three ingredients, and it will start working in minutes!
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    FLEA & TICK REMEDY

    8 oz apple cider vinegar
    4 oz warm water
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    Spray Bottle


    Mix dry ingredients first, then slowly add to wet as the vinegar and baking soda will react slightly. Put into spray bottle and spray pets down. Be careful not to get in pets eyes!

    ★★★ When fleas infest your home, they can get everywhere; in fact, any place your dog or cat frequents, fleas will be present. Carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture are especially vulnerable to infestation. Adult fleas jump from animals to these surfaces and lay eggs. These eggs hatch as larvae that can get caught in carpet fibers, creating an on-going problem.

    Vacuuming and steam cleaning carpets and rugs will help, but there are natural treatments that can be even more effective. One of these treatments is safe and uses a common everyday substance – salt. Yes, you can get rid of fleas with salt! The salt acts as a dehydration agent and dries out the bodies of the fleas.

    How to kill fleas using salt: Obtain some highly refined household salt or sea salt. Make sure it is as finely ground as possible, almost to a powder consistency. Sprinkle it lightly but evenly over your carpet. Brush or rake it in. Leave this in your carpet for 12 to 48 hours, then vacuum thoroughly.

    One of these treatments is safe and uses a common everyday substance – salt. Yes, you can get rid of fleas with salt! The salt acts as a dehydration agent and dries out the bodies of the fleas.

    How to kill fleas using salt: Obtain some highly refined household salt or sea salt. Make sure it is as finely ground as possible, almost to a powder consistency. Sprinkle it lightly but evenly over your carpet. Brush or rake it in. Leave this in your carpet for 12 to 48 hours, then vacuum thoroughly. Salt can attract moisture, so do not leave it in for very long in very hot or humid conditions. This should kill all the fleas and ticks in your home and on your pets.
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