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There are many criteria that determine if a bat house is likely to attract NH bats.
Martin Home Services will come to your property for an on-site survey.
We'll look for the best site for a bat house based on our experience and on guidelines provided by Bat Conservation International and the NH Fish & Game Department.
We'll also consider factors that will affect the cost for installation including access, location challenges, and excavation requirements. A customized quote will be provided.
If it's unlikely that you have a good location for a bat house we'll make that clear.
Martin Home Services will schedule your installation, get approval for the work order, and prepare for installation.
Materials specific to your installation and any applicable permits will be acquired.
Dig Safe Sytem (811) will be contacted if needed to ensure safe excavation.
Martin Home Services will excavate, pour cement, install the pole, attach the mounting hardware, hang the bat house, and position the house correctly. This is usually done over two days.
New Hampshire's brown bats are migratory.
They return every spring and (hopefully) find your new bat house, take up residence, and begin devouring bugs! Once established, they are likely to return to the same roost year after year.
While there can be no guarantees when dealing with wild animals, we take great care in working to provide an installation that will prove attractive to bats.
Bats provide a powerful form of natural, chemical-free mosquito control. Homeowners who have experienced problems with mosquitoes on their properties can include bat houses as an integral part of their environmentally sound approach to insect control. A clean, new bat house provides a safe place for bats to raise their young with less risk of white-nose syndrome. Increasing the bat population reduces the need for pesticides, which is a huge benefit to the environment.
A single bat can consume 1,000 mosquitos in just one hour! But they eat other bugs too: little brown bats consume a variety of insects such as moths, wasps, beetles, gnats, mosquitoes, midges, and mayflies. They can eat 50% of their own body weight each evening! Female bats devour even more insects when they are pregnant or raising their young.
If you already have bats on your property, adding a carefully planned bat house installation may encourage bats to roost somewhere other than your attic or barn. A pole-mounted bat house provides an unobstructed entry for the bats while also deterring predators.
Installing a bat house high on a metal pole allows for placement near your outdoor areas, where you want the bats to be feasting on troublesome insects, without the bat house being directly on your home.
In New Hampshire, the most likely species of bats to use your bat house are little brown bats and big brown bats. Both species are loyal to their roosting sites, so once your bat house is established the bats will return annually. Ideally, your bat house should be installed BEFORE spring, so that the site is ready when they migrate back to your area. Wild animals are by nature somewhat unpredictable, so we can offer no guarantee that bats will use your bat house. But we can install the bat house according to proven standards set by Bat Conservation International and NH Fish & Game to maximize your potential for attracting bats to your property.
Many bats devour not just nuisance bugs such as mosquitos, wasps, and gnats, but also agricultural pests that destroy garden crops. Bats are nocturnal pollinators! They are the night-time complement to native bees that spread pollen and help improve your garden. More than 65 plant families rely on bats for pollination.
The cost for installation does vary depending on the site conditions, accessibility for the work crew, and any requirements for site preparation such as underbrush/branch trimming. Complete bat house, pole, concrete footer, assembly and installation packages will generally range from $800 to $1500 - you'll get a customized quote after your site evaluation visit. Keep in mind this is a long term investment. You won't have to keep paying every summer, even if your new bat residents keep returning year after year to gobble up insects.
When you have a bat house installed by Martin Home Services, we will deduct the cost of the site evaluation from the installation fee.
Several reliable sources have helpful information about bats online:
Schedule an on site evaluation by Martin Home Services. We'll give you an honest assessment one way or the other.