Bats for Mosquito Control?

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  1. bad_idea

    bad_idea Member

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    I live in Pasquotank County, just moved down here a year ago from VA Beach. The mosquitoes get terrible in the summer. I have been reading that bats eat a mess of bugs at night. I have also read that you can build 'bat houses' to attract bats. My question - are there bats in our region? I could slap a decent looking bat house together in an hour and then I just need a 20' tall pole to mount it to. Would take a Saturday afternoon to install, taking my time. Anyone have experience attracting bats for mosquito/bug control in my area?

    I swear I'm not a weirdo that hangs upside down in my closet. I just want to be rid of mosquitos at night.
     
  2. tknopp

    tknopp Well-Known Member

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    I put 2 bat houses up a couple of years ago. They never moved in. I know they are around because I ran them out of my roof eves.
     
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  3. Wes

    Wes Well-Known Member

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    Throw up some gords for purple martins. They eat the heck out of some bugs. They’re usually pretty good about moving in.
     
  4. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    We used to have a neighbor who was a biologist with the state. She said mosquitos don't really have natural predators.

    Dump out puddles of water, treat chemically as necessary.
     
  5. rcalexander105

    rcalexander105 Well-Known Member

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  6. mommucked

    mommucked Endeavoring to persevere

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    Put the bat houses under or inside the gable vents.
     
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  7. 83oldyoda4x4

    83oldyoda4x4 Well-Known Member

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    Read this thread. I had the same problem, talstart p with a mist sprayer. Last for a few weeks between applications, I went from getting eat up with bug spray on and tiki torches surrounding the deck. to not a single bite. Im only on a couple acres and you cant control what your neighbors leave sitting around. buckets of water etc...
     
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  8. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid More parts than a 9 dollar chicken bucket!

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    Spartan Mosquito killers. They're sugar and some kind of yeast. You fill them with warm water and hang them a little ways away from your house along a wood line. They attract the mosquitoes, they suck up some of the juice, fly away, and freaking EXPLODE :D They go away from your house so you don't attract them towards your house.

    They worked wonderfully after the hurricane rolled through. It was the worst I had ever seen mosquitoes in my life. If you put one at your neighbor's, it'll really help you out more too.
     
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  9. Pless

    Pless Well-Known Member

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    I used these last year and was pleasantly surprised. I'm getting ready to put some up for this year.
     
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  10. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid More parts than a 9 dollar chicken bucket!

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    They were giving them away here after the hurricane...it was badddd.
     
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  11. mommucked

    mommucked Endeavoring to persevere

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    ........." cant control what your neighbors leave sitting around. buckets of water etc "...[/QUOTE]

    Yes you can........
     
  12. 83oldyoda4x4

    83oldyoda4x4 Well-Known Member

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    Yes you can........[/QUOTE]

    Care to explain?
     
  13. BrianGreen

    BrianGreen SSG Brian Green

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    Care to explain?[/QUOTE]
    @jeepinmatt has a solution.
     
  14. mommucked

    mommucked Endeavoring to persevere

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    Care to explain?[/QUOTE]

    I'm friends w my neighbors. One of the next door neighbors have a backyard that looks like the aftermath of a F4 tornado hitting walmart, junk, planters,pots,tarps, and much more.I think the wife is a hoarder and her husband allows it. I could see water in pots from my yard. One day when they were gone on vacation I went over there and turned over everything that was holding water. I don't think they even knew I or anyone else did it and I'm pretty sure they would'nt care. It's funny but about twice a year she goes out and empties a huge shed in the backyard and makes piles stuff, like they're gonna get rid of it, lets it sit there for days or weeks and then puts it all back in the shed.
     
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  15. skyhighZJ

    skyhighZJ Thanks for your taxes

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    I'm friends w my neighbors. One of the next door neighbors have a backyard that looks like the aftermath of a F4 tornado hitting walmat, junk, planters,pots,tarps, and much more.I think the wife is a hoarder and her husband allows it. I could see water in pots from my yard. One day when they were gone on vacation I went over there and turned over everything that was holding water. I don't think they even knew I or anyone else did it and I'm pretty sure they would'nt care. It's funny but about twice a year she goes out and empties a huge shed in the backyard and makes piles stuff, like they're gonna get rid of it, lets it sit there for days or weeks and then puts it all back in the shed.[/QUOTE]

    That’s a methed up situation right there
     
  16. 83oldyoda4x4

    83oldyoda4x4 Well-Known Member

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    Im friends with my immediate neighbors and they also keep nice yards. However a few houses down is another story, not sure if its a rental house or what. Yard is 3ft tall at all times, 3 different color shingles on the roof, multiple broken down cars etc.. Im sure thats where the majority of the problem is, but you cant really see the house from the road unless its winter so it doesn't really bother me, except for the damn mosquitos lol.
     
  17. Danger_Ranger

    Danger_Ranger Well-Known Member

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    Just be glad your neighbor isn't magic Johnson or Charlie Sheen.

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  18. trailhugger

    trailhugger Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho Administrator

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    I see what you did there...
     
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