Bat houses at Lake Pflugerville
Two new bat houses at Lake Pflugerville, built by local Girl Scouts, will improve the ecosystem and provide nature viewing opportunity for lake visitors.
Built by Bethany and Jessica Johnson from Girl Scout Troop 1864, the two houses are on the northwest shore of Lake Pflugerville in the yard of the historic Biehle house. They built these bat houses as part of their Girl Scout Silver Award, a project that required them to spend over 50 hours exploring the community, finding an issue they cared about and taking action to find a sustainable solution. The girls recruited volunteers from the community to assist them in building and installing the bat houses. While the bat houses structure might look simple, Bethany and Jessica had to do a lot of research into the design of their bat houses as well as their location. Bat houses need to be at least 10 feet in the air and have continuous exposure to direct sunlight. The house’s size, materials and even color all factor into its attractiveness to bats.
Bats play a key role in our ecosystem by eating insects, including mosquitos, reducing the chance of West Nile Virus and other diseases. Some bats can eat up to 600 mosquitoes in one hour. By offering bats a safe place to live, we are improving our environment.