|Construction And Placement Of Bat Houses
Bat houses have been used successfully for a variety of bat
species. Regardless of the kind of house you build, the inner
surfaces must be rough enough for the bats to climb. Do not
paint your bat house: paint or varnish may be a repellent
to bats. Rough-sawn cedar or cypress is best to use because
no painting is needed.
Bat houses should be fastened to a tree trunk or the side
of a building about 12 to 15 feet above the ground. The best
place is where they will get morning sun but will be shaded
in the afternoon.
Sometimes bats move into a bat house within a few weeks.
However, bats may require a year or two to find a new bat
house. Chances of early occupancy can be increased by hanging
your houses before April. Houses are usually occupied more
quickly if bats are already present in nearby barns or attics.