How can I provide a safe and sustainable home for bats?
I was changing an outside clock mounted on my manufactured stone wall. I found a bat clinging to the wall. He stayed put until I could replace the clock. I am excited to provide a safe and sustainable home for him and his friends. How should I do this? Is the bat box mounted on the wall the best choice or some box attached on the stone. That part of the house faces northeast. Do they need any heat during the winter? What maintenance would be needed?
Here is our website's info on bats (See page 4): http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG90%20Dealing%20wit...
This includes specific information about bat houses: http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_docs/programs/woodland-steward/FS791_GotBugs_GetBats.p...
And here is the bat information from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources:http://www.maryland.gov/pages/search.aspx?q=bats&site=8akcuqsa-yk&name=Natural%20Resources