Looking for bat house ideas? Look no further! Check out this post as we share with you 9 bat house ideas that are worth hanging around for.
Bats are good neighbors to have around. During the day, they sleep in caves, hollow trees and attics and fly out to catch mosquitoes and moths during the night. Unfortunately, bats are currently endangered due to some factors. These factors include the destruction of roosts, loss of bat’s natural habitat, illness and hunting or killing of bats. However, with our help, we can make the world safer for them by putting up bat boxes in our backyards and get rid of mosquitoes in the process.
Bat House Ideas Worth Hanging Around For
Many people think of bats as blood-thirsty creatures that spread diseases. But, contrary to popular belief, bats are actually quite useful creatures. They play a critical role in pollinating plants, and their appetite for mosquitoes makes a backyard more comfortable and safe. They also consume millions of pests each summer.
These are just a few of the many benefits of bats. Because of this, building a habitat for bats can be a very valuable small woodworking project. So, let’s help save bats, rid your outdoor space of mosquitoes and start building your very own bat house.
Bats under the Congress Bridge in Austin have made a name and a home for themselves… Build your own bat home and see how many bats will fly your way. (source)
1. Five Chamber Bat House
This bat house has four baffles, spaced 3/4″ apart. It has five chambers when the front and back walls are added that run the full height and width of the house. Click here to read more.
2. Simple Rocket Box
Rocket boxes are usually 1 m tall, and contain concentric roosting chambers of 20 mm (3/4”) around a 4” by 4” post. The rocket box becomes wider and can house more bats if the number of square roosting chambers is increased. Installation of this bat-house style requires fixing the post in the ground as it is usually built around a post. Click here to read more.
3. Bat Condo
This condo can house an estimated 7,000 mother bats and their young. This type of structure will offer local bats a much needed place to live, especially when they are being excluded from remodeled, old houses in the community. Click here to read more.
4. Back-to-back Bat Box
Mounting two bat houses back-to-back on a pole is ideal. This type of structure provides alternate roosts for big brown bats. Click here to read more.
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5. The Kent Bat Box
This type of bat house is very easy to construct, self-cleaning and low maintenance. The box should be rainproof and draught-free. Click here to read more.
6. Garden Bat Box
This type of structure is capable of housing 50 bats, that can be made in just over an hour. This box is so easy to construct and it is just made from scrap wood recycled from an old desk. Click here to read more.
7. The Suburban Bat House
The Suburban Bat House is specifically designed to be used in urban and suburban areas. The idea behind this type of structure is to install a gable-vent with a roomy and well-ventilated chamber for bats over the existing gable-vent that the bats are already using. Click here to read more.
8. DIY Bat House
This type of box is so simple that you can install your own bat house in no time. Build your very own bat house and raise your own colony at home with supplies available from your local hardware store. Click here to read more.
9. Bat-Box from a Reclaimed Pallet
This bat house only requires a pallet. Reclaiming discarded material to transform them into useful objects, like a bat house, is a great idea. Click here to read more.
These bat house ideas are perfect projects to get the kids involved while learning something about conservation, sustainability and woodworking!
Do you want to know what makes a good bat house? Let’s hear it straight from a Bat Biologist, Jim Kennedy:
Which bat house will you install in your backyard this weekend? Let us know below in the comments!
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