|Project by RickB||posted 03-02-2010 04:12 AM||2346 views||7 times favorited||9 comments|
I’ve seen a few bat houses posted here lately, so I thought I’d post my bat house, completed in July of last year. This bat house is described as a rocket box. It is designed to slide over a post. There are three concentric sleeves which form the roosting area. The inner two sleeves are made of cedar. The outer-most sleeve is made of poplar painted brown.
The innermost sleeve has horizontal saw kerfs cut a quarter of an inch deep to give the bats a surface to cling to. The rest of the vertical surfaces have plastic netting attached. The netting used is pet safe netting used to rescreen you screen doors and windows.
It was mounted by sinking an 8 foot 4×6 PT post into the ground 4 feet. A notch was cut in the 4×6 to receive a 4×4 post. The 4×4 is used to hold the bat house about 12 feet in the air.
While I am not an expert on bat houses (mine has remained unoccupied thus far), I have done quite a bit of reading. The plans I used were obtained from a publication called “The Bat House Builder’s Handbook”. This is available from Bat Conservation International (www.batcon.org)
Another good site with a wealth of information is the Bat House Forum (http://www.bathouseforum.org/forum/).
Not all bat houses and bat house plans are created equal, nor are all finish choices good. The placement of your bathouse is also critical (I don’t think I have placed mine well…too much shade). The above two sites will provide a lot of info to steer the bat house builder in the right direction.