CANNING Men’s Shed president Don Buchanan started building bat boxes for his local community after receiving an unusual request from his eight-year-old granddaughter.
Mr Buchanan, who lives in Shelley, said he was asked to build a roosting box for bats for his granddaughter’s primary school.
“From then, my interested in micro-bats began,” he said.
Mr Buchanan has since built scores of the boxes for his local community.
He said micro-bats lived in a 5km radius of water sources, such as ponds, lakes and rivers, and were a natural way to control mosquitoes and other insects.
Mr Buchanan encouraged people who live near a water source to install a bat box in their garden.
“A single bat can eat up to 1200 mosquitoes per hour,” he said.
Bat boxes cost $25 and can be purchased from the Canning Men’s Shed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Mr Buchanan on 0418 504 261.