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We\'ve had a couple of cats visit our yard recently. Is there anything we can do to the bat house post to prevent any possible cat attacks?
I wouldn’t worry about cats; unless your mounting location allows cats to be next to the bat house (like near a ledge on a building somehow). If you’re mounting on a post there’s little to worry about. Your cat might find a bat on the ground in the summer, but it’s most likely on the ground for other reasons already, not because of the cat. If you notice this happening a lot you might try adding a Pup Catcher (in the summer months only). https://batmanagement.com/products/bcm-pup-catcher
I live in Cabot, Arkansas. Would mounting on a pole work? OK to get shade from 1PM (sun rest of time) or do they need more hours of sunlight? Should bat pole have a baffle to protect from snakes/raccoons?
I would go with the green or black 4 Chamber Universal bat house, or possibly the Super Rocket Roost. If you will maintain the wooden bat houses by repainting/resealing every 3-4 years, those are less expensive. I prefer poles because they can be placed somewhere good for bats and people (not on a house where droppings will be on the siding/windows, etc.) The predator guards probably aren’t all that necessary; many other things will be a bigger problem (wood bat house falling apart, woodpeckers drilling holes, etc.) So only worry about that if you happen to notice a problem.
Can I install these back to back?
Any of our bat houses can be installed back to back, the Pole Mount Kit https://batmanagement.com/products/standard-pole-mount-kit bolts will not conflict when screwed back-to-back. The Rocket Roost of course is a completely different design and isn't something intended to be mounted back-to-back.
Do back to back houses need to both be at the same height on the post?
No as long as the bottoms are 10’ above ground/shrubs you can put several on a post on either side or even on all 4 sides. You might consider using a 6''x6'' post if you're thinking of mounting more than 4 bat houses on a single post.
Do bat houses need a predator protection board at the bottom of the house or are all chambers exposed?
Predation in any of our bat houses is so low it is not something we are concerned with. There are probably more problems with yellow jackets and woodpeckers than anything grabbing bats from below. Avoid placing bat houses immediately next to things that could be predator perches. Bats likely will not emerge if a predator such as a ringtail or raccoon is hanging on the bat house, and the crevices are too narrow for anything to really get inside other than very rarely a snake, perhaps, and that is very difficult to protect against. Nature is harsh and bats are subject to predation in natural roosts. The design of the bat house inheriently protects againt the whole colony being wiped out, and all predators can't be completely protected against. If a predator guard is desired, any of those used for posts for bird houses, etc. might be tried.
I live in southern Ohio. Where I intend to install the bat house gets full sun all day. Should i get the black or the dark green house?
Either one would work equally well, so it's just a personal preference for you! For longest life possible, install the post using a post protector, and also consider painting the shell a matching color with a spray paint formulated for plastic. This would provide a layer of UV protection for the plastic and extend the life even longer.
I tried to order the 4 chamber bat house but it wouldn't let me add the 4chamber discount at checkout.
The discount code you might have been trying was for the standard 4 chamber premium bat house that as of this writing is available in green and tan. For a limited time you can still get this version until supply exhausts. Those can also be painted black if needed using a good paint formulated for plastic.