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Do I attach plastic mesh to all inside surfaces?
The only mesh we can advocate is "pet screen" material. This seems to be very tough and resists shredding from bat claws. Don't use metal. Generally however, it is easier and better for the long term to avoid mesh. Scratch all interior surfaces and landing plate area manually with a utility knife.
Should I paint the inside of my bat house?
No need to paint -all- of the insides. Use black spray paint to darken the bottom few inches of the baffles -after- the bat house is constructed. This cuts down on the light reflected up into the bat house from the bottom. You don't really want bats hanging out on paint, so no need to paint all the insides of the bat house.
I have been searching the internet and can't find an answer to this question. I am making a 3-chamber bat box from online DIY designs. I'm painting the outside black but they also specify that the INTERIOR plywood surfaces (roughed for bat holds) are to be stained. Is the staining necessary? Does it help preserve the wood, making it resistant to the bat's urine and make the box last longer?
You do not need to paint the entire interior of bat houses. Spray painting into the bottom of a finished bat house to cut down on some of the light reflected up into it might be an idea, but the entire interior is overkill.
Hi -- live in Placerville California -- need to get the bats out of my attic and barn -- which bat house would you recommend -- I'm guessing we currently have about 65?? thanks
Hello Susan- either the 4 Chamber Universal or 3 Chamber bat house. These could be placed on the sunny side of the barn, but also on a post somwehere in the property that is very sunny. Unless a serious effort is made to seal up crevices in both the house and barn however, bats may not use bat houses much.
What type of pole and how do you mount this to a pole If you buy the pole mount with this kit.
Hello- I recommend a 4''x6'' PT post, either 14' or 16' long. This is obtained at a local lumber yard or marina supply; Lowes and Home Depot usually do not carry that length. I strongly recommend a post protector, a plastic sleeve that may double the lifespan of the post. https://batmanagement.com/products/post-protector-4-in-x-6-in-x-42-in Expect the post to be under $50, the post protector $35, and $10 worth of cement is the high end of cost for materials needed.
The pole mount goes onto the post with 4 lag bolts included in the kit. Doing this carefully set up to someday add a twin on the back of the post, and even enclose the center between the two bat houses wfor even more space creating a Bat House Duplex https://batmanagement.com/products/bcm-modular-bat-house
The Pole Mount is pretty straightforward, see this video of Jacob putting one together: https://batmanagement.com/pages/video-bat-house-how-tos
Hi, I want BCM Triple Chamber Bat House DIY Kit to assemble. Do you have one available?
Hello... with any of our products, if you are able to add the item to your cart and check out, then it is in stock. As of this writing yes they are available thank you!
I live near Richmond Va. which bat house kit do you recommend?
Hello- the Triple or Double chamber bat house would be appropriate in your area, as well as the 4 Chamber Universal or Super Rocket Roost. Thank you!
Do the six pack of DIY boxes come with six pole mounts?
Hello - the pole mounts are seperate with that option. Thanks!
What color would you suggest painting the exterior and bottom of the bat boxes once they are all put together, I am from eastern Pennsylvania.
Hello, you will want a dark shade of brown/green/etc, or black. Thank you!
How do I order the BCM Triple Chamber Bat House DIY Kit? "Add to cart" keeps saying "Your cart is empty."
Hi- I cannot seem to replicate that error. Possibly you may have a cookie or popup blocker enabled that is preventing the cart from working. You might try a different web browser. You can also place an order old-fashioned by calling us at 717-241-2228 M-F from 9 to 4 EST, or leave message and we will return your call.
Hello! I am interested in your bat house kit. Do you ship to B.C. Canada? Thanks!
We ship items worldwide; to see if we ship to your country simply place the items of interest in your cart, complete the shipping address, and the system will provide a total cost with shipping if we are able to ship to your location.
1) When is the best time to put a bat house up. I'm looking to do one upstate new york (palatine bridge). Is it too late for this year. 2) What radius do the bats hunt from the bat house. 3) How far away does a water source have to be.
Hi anytime is good to install a bat house, but in northern states ~October thru ~March bats generally don't use bat houses. So, installing in the winter means the bat house just sits out in the elements an extra winter. Gulf Coast states, TX, NM, AZ, and CA will have possible bat use year-round at lower elevations.Â Bats may forage up to a few miles from the roost, but some species travel further... 20-60 miles! It's better to have freshwater within 1/4 mile of the roost, although this can also be simply a swimming pool.
What type of wood is this? I live in WI and want to make sure its heavy duty enough for our weather.
All of our bat bouses are yellow pine plywood, with the exteriors being 1/2''. Regardless of what region you are in, all wooden bat houses should be painted (black is fine for WI). In addition all bat houses will fail sooner or later where the roof meets the back. Consider bending/ attaching metal flashing (found locally) over the roof and this lip and painting black for the longest life.
What is the difference in number of chambers, Why would you need a 3 chamber over say a single chamber? Thank You
Hello Michael- statistically when bat house occupancy nationwide was researched some 15-20 years ago, multi-chamber bat houses always became occupied sooner and overall were more successful than single chamber bat houses. Only when a single chamber bat house was placed on the sunny side of a building did they hold their own with other models. We presume this has to do with the larger bat houses having more mass and therefore able to stay warmer longer into the night, when on a post. So single chamber bat houses are inexpensive, and possibly a good option if you are starting out and have a good mounting location like on a sunny building, or if you are targeting FL Bonneted Bats (which is what they seem to prefer). We tend to suggest mounting someplace away from people traffic and to get a sunny location that's usually on a post, and so the multi-chambers work well in more situations. And of course the multi-chambers allow for more bats, and the baffles at the top create more of a roost opportunity not found in the single chamber.