Let’s talk about bat houses. They are small wooden houses like bird houses that bats can live in.
At Get Bats Out, our primary job is to remove bats from structures they shouldn’t be in, such as schools or residential homes. But that doesn’t mean we hate bats or resent them for trying to find a comfortable place to roost. It’s a very nice gesture to provide an inexpensive little home for bats to live.
Making a Bat House
There are many different ways to make a bat house, and a lot of different reference materials to help you do the job. This is just a general overview of what to do.
First of all, you should use weather-resistant wood that’s natural. You should have typical carpentry materials on hand, such as hammers, nails, screws, drills, and measuring tape. You might also have paint or finish on hand.
You’ll put the different wood boards together to form a box, and you’ll want to mount it on a pole or post (for reasons I’ll explain shortly). If you chose to have the wood painted, you’ll want to do that before you assemble the bat house.
When it comes to the position, I encourage you to experiment. Direction and height of the bat house will influence the likelihood that bats will live there. I don’t know of any surefire way to get bats in, but changing the position periodically definitely improves the chances!
Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about bat houses that you don’t often hear. One is the fact that mounting a bat house on the wall of a residential or commercial structure is a very bad idea.
It puts bats in close contact with the building, which could encourage them to find a way inside (and then Get Bats Out will have to come exclude them!). It also leads to piles of guano near where people are living and working.
Instead, mount that bat house on a pole or tree set far apart from any human building. Try setting it up higher, as bats prefer elevation (up to a point).
One more side note: staining a bat house could repel bats, as they don’t like the smell.
So, to recap, build an unfinished bat house mounted on a post and set far apart from any buildings, and adjust its position until it becomes a new home!
Good luck! I’m sure the bats will love their new home.
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