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You say that the bats will not roost on the treated post. Why is that? If not the wood, what will they cling to—and how do you know?
Bats do not roost against the treated post because the roosting spaces are not made from treated wood. This applies to both the Rocket Roost and Super Rocket. At most, bats may land on the treated post very briefly but that is the most contact they would have with it. If desired and available in your area, consider using a black locust post instead, as this will outlast a treated post but availability and cost may factor in.
How many bats can a regular rocket box hold?
Up to about 50 for the standard 4''x4'' Rocket Roost. The point of that structure however is not to have a large number of bats in one roost; it is a more general all-purpose roost type that a wide variety of bat species may use, which may be more important than a large nursery bat house stuffed with one species.
How, and how often, do you have to clean the rocket roost? It seems if it's on a pole high up, we would not be able to reach it easily to clean it. Our Conservation Commission is considering installing some, based on successful acoustic surveys, but I could not find info on cleaning on your site. The state DEEP wildlife person advised the rocket roost for us, but again, cleaning would be an issue.
Hello- the Rocket Roost like all our bat houses are specifically designed so that most if not all the guano falls out on its own. So, there's nothing to clean out.