How to Install a Bat House
Bat houses offer a safe place for bats to live, while also helping with reducing pests and bugs on your property.
Whether you are simply fascinated by bats, want to do your part in helping the bat’s health and population or looking for environmentally friendly insect control, building or installing a bat house would be a great option for you. Keep in mind, most bats eat between 6,000 to 8,000 mosquito sized bugs every night so they can greatly reduce the mosquito population.
Our video below will show you how to build a rocket box bat house. This is a very simple and visually appealing structure you can easily build yourself within a few hours maximum. This type of bat house can house 200-300 bats. The goal is to try to mimic the space between bark and a tree trunk. Bats like tights spaces but make sure to rough up the inside by cutting grooves, so they can easily climb and maneuver around.
Install the bat house at least 10-12 feet high facing South to South East in a place it gets early sun, as well as sun throughout the day. Bats like higher temperatures (85 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit). Make sure you don’t install it to close to other trees since owls or hawks would hunt them as a quick snack.
Never move a populated bat house yourself. Wait until the bat house is vacated or ask a professional.
By Sander Vanacker for FitGuana
Sander Vanacker is a personal trainer, CEO of Bring Back Nature, Inc. and founder of FitGuana. He believes in improving health and wellness by incorporating more nature into our lives, being active and spending more time outdoors.