You might want to go to a hardware store to get a bat house, but you shouldn’t. Most hardware store bat houses are bad in many ways, for instance, the roof lets the sun seep in as well as water, and the staining is the wrong color. To build a bat house the bat house needs to be quite high off the ground at least 13 feet to protect it from predators. Once you have attracted bats to your bat house , you must clean and maintain the bat house so the bats will come back year after year. when you build your bat house you might get unwanted guests, most commonly wasps as bat ‘landlord’ it’s your job to take care of the bat house.If you have wasp nests you should remove them in late winter. Other unwanted visitors could be birds,mice,and squirrels .
Here are some approved bat house websites(if on any of the websites there is a color other than brown and black it’s not good):
- http://www.batbungalows.com (not yellow bat house)
cover photo source: lone star woodcraft. This company is approved by BCI, which means it’s a fine bat house to use.