Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

As our site and business continues to grow, we'll add our customers' questions and answers here. Hopefully anything you need to know is already on the product and the order info pages, but if not, send us an email at braecrest@shaw.ca and we'll get back to you shortly.


Index of FAQ


BAT QUESTIONS

Why would I want bats ?

Bats have many unseen benefits, from pollinating plants to eating insects. The Little Brown Bat species is capable of eating up to 1,200 mosquitos per hour. Now that's important if you live in Manitoba or like to take off to the lake for the week-end.

Are there really bats in Winnipeg/Manitoba?

While we don't have any personal sightings, we do hear from lots of people who have seen bats in the following areas; St. Vital, Fort Garry, Charleswood, Fort Richmond, Rosser, and the Interlake and East Lake Winnipeg cottage areas. According to the Canadian Wildlife Federation ( the Hinterland Who's Who? people) there are five species of bats common to Manitoba.

What bat species are found in the Manitoba?

According to Bat Conservation International, there are six (6) bat species found in Manitoba. Click on each bat description to learn more.

SPECIES DESCRIPTION
Eptesicus fuscus big brown bat
Lasionycteris noctivagans silver-haired bat
Lasiurus borealis eastern red bat
Lasiurus cinereus hoary bat
Myotis lucifugus little brown myotis
Myotis septentrionalis northern myotis

Where should I put a bat house?

Most references advise the house should be located:

What can I do to attract bats to my bat house?

According to Bat Conservation International (BCI). Bats have to find new roosts on their own. Existing evidence strongly suggests that lures or attractants (including bat guano) will NOT attract bats to a bat house. Bats investigate new roosting opportunities while foraging at night, and they are expert at detecting crevices, cracks, nooks and crannies that offer shelter from the elements and predators. Bat houses installed on buildings or poles are easier for bats to locate, have greater occupancy rates and are occupied two and a half times faster than those mounted on trees.

Read more at BCI:

Will my bat house need maintenance?

A well built bat house will need minimal maintenance. Once a year check your bat house to make sure there are not gaps or cracks caused by deteriorating caulk or warped wood. Bats don't like leaky or drafty houses any more than you do! Caulk or repaint bat houses during the off season when bats are not present.

Why are your bat houses black?

According to Bat Conservation International (BCI). Available observations suggest that color should be black where average high temperatures in July are less than 85° F, dark colors (such as dark brown or dark gray) where they are 85° to 95° F, medium colors where they are 95° to 100° F and white or light colors where they exceed 100° F. Much depends upon amount of sun exposure; adjust to darker colors for less sun.


Copyright Bat Conservation International, www.batcon.org

So Braecrest Design offers bat houses in black (Ebony Tone) stain suitable for use in most of Canada (zone 1) and the lighter Cedar Tone stain for use in zone 2.

Why don't I have bats in my house?

There are lots of factors that govern if bats will be in your area and take residence in your bat house. Bat Conservation International (BCI) compiled survey results from suveys taken in the United States and Canada from 1998 to 2001 and published in the Bat House Researcher, Volume 12, No. 1, found the following survey results. So check out each factor and compare to your bat house and location to see if you can improve your success in attracting bats to your house.

Reproduced with permission, Copyright Bat Conservation International, www.batcon.org.

Reproduced with permission, Copyright Bat Conservation International, www.batcon.org.

Reproduced with permission, Copyright Bat Conservation International, www.batcon.org.

Reproduced with permission, Copyright Bat Conservation International, www.batcon.org.


BIRDING QUESTIONS


BUTTERFLY QUESTIONS


LADYBUG QUESTIONS

I have questions about ladybugs, where can I get answers?

There are many places on the internet with information on Ladybugs (also known as Coccinellidae):

 


RECYCLED MATERIAL QUESTIONS

Where do you find old farm equipment?

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We're frequently we get asked "Where do you find old farm equipment (disc plow/cultivators)? Many farmers have collections of farm equipment (many handed down through several generations) that are no longer used. The equipment could be worn out, or farming practices and technology have changed and the equipment is obsolete. They are often sitting in a bone-yard or in a tree line, covered in weeds and long grass. With a little help from friends we find these machines and ask if we can salvage materials from the machine.

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Disc plows/cultivators have discs arranged into rows called gangs. We salvage all the material in each gang (discs, collar and spacer castings, mounting shafts) for use in our projects. The remaining steel is then salvaged and recycled as scrap steel.

Do your have old farm equipment that you want to sell? Please contact us.