Bats – Building Houses

Q: For the past two years we have found bats have curled up in our folded patio umbrella. My husband freaks out and says all bats have rabies and we need to get rid of them. I say rubbish! I would like to buy a bat home and put it where this cute little guy can rest during the day.

A: I’m glad you have a soft spot for this winged creature of the night. Tell your husband there is no need to panic, but like him, I’d rather bats live somewhere away from my house. It’s hard to make a bat roost in a place you prefer but they don’t care for. Buy an inviting bat house from a source certified by Bat Conservation International. Find a list at

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