My husband and I moved to Citrus County for its beauty and the abundance of wildlife. Last April, I built a bat house at Fort Cooper. She had all of the items necessary, which included wood that was not pressure treated, shingles for a roof and the two panels which create separation inside the house. She had painted all of the items. It took approximately 2 1/2 hours to put the house together. The instructor told us that it could take two months and up to two years for the bats to find the new bat house. My husband installed the house in May by following the instructions and the diagrams we were given. Every night I would go outside to look for my new tenants. It took four months but eventually they arrived. Initially, it was slow going with only a few of them inhabiting the house. Now we have approximately 60. The house will hold over 200 bats.
Thanksgiving evening, our three grandchildren sat outside waiting for the bats to emerge from the house. They are 8, 10, and 12 years old. They all had great questions as did our adult daughters. It was a wonderful experience. Bats are environmentally friendly. They eat millions of bugs each night. The droppings can be used for fertilizer. They rarely carry diseases. They are quiet residents. More importantly, they are fun to watch. I love my bats!