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I would like to mount a bat house onto a metal pole. Any suggestions?
I recommend a 2'' square, 14 gauge pole, or larger. We have a pole mount that slips over this size, but it is made to order, so call 717-241-2228 for availability. We suggest using a 14' or 16' pole. After 3' of the pole is cemented into the ground, the -bottom- of the bat house should be ~10' above the ground or higher. Nothing like this is found at lumbar yards, you’ll need to find a local steel supply yard that will be selling steel and aluminum in 20’ lengths, etc. They will cut one for you to probably.
I have a 2 1/2" black pipe pole that is 16' long that I plan on using. I will be buying a universal 4 chamber house. What would be the best pole mounting for this?
You could obtain two 1.5'' angle steel from a hardware store, about 16'' long. One goes on the top of the pole with one side of the L covering the top of the pole and welded in place. The second bracket goes ~24'' below the first and forms a lip you can set the bat house on when mounting. Drill at least one hole thru the bracket and put a 5/16 stainless steel bolt thru the bottom bracket and the pipe, and weld it together as well. (The bolt is necessary as there is not alot of materal there when welding a round pipe to a flat steel.) Paint the steel. Test fit the bat house onto the brackets and drill thru the bat house and the mounts, and secure with stainless steel bolts (at least 2 at the top, 2 at the bottom). Once you have the parts laid out, etc. usually you can take it to a local garage who will weld it for you for a small fee.
Alternately you might bolt the brackets on to the pole yourself but will want a drill press or some other gadget to driill straight thru a round pipe. To let the bat house lay flat you could use a treated 1x lumber and drill out the spaces where the bolt pattern will be (paint the bolt heads and lay the wood down to imprint what to drill). Then add the bat house on top of this spacer and it will lay flat.
Can a bat house be paced on the same pole under a yard security night lights as sold at Home Depot or Lowe's? Unsure if the light would affect attracting the bats. Thanks
It is said bats will get used to this light but this is not ideal. Bats will be extra wary of predation and you would just be giving predators an unfair advantage. I would avoid installing at that location.