BCM Universal Four Chamber Premium Bat House
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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 bought 2 of your BCM Universal 4 chamber bat houses about 2 years back to replace my wooden houses that were warping and splitting in the Florida sun. Both houses now hold about 200 free tail bats each. I live in North Florida so I purchased the Khaki houses and from April through October they are full, however when we get cold weather they leave. Question, If I put up a dark green house 4 chamber would they transfer to that house during our brief winter or use during the summer?
The truth to color and micro siting bat houses is all our advice is really just a starting point, and you really have to watch the houses thru the year and make adjustments as needed. If in summer the bats are hanging out of the box, add more boxes on the backside or try the shade roof solution. If you never get bats, the box may not get hot enough or bats simply don’t need more roost space. So, yes, installing the green or black bat houses possibly may have some move in when others are a bit cold.
Hello, I would like to order several large bat houses. We have Little Brown Myotis's in North Western Montana. They are nesting on the house, we are on a river. We are located at about 3800' with low winter temps 10-20 below occasionally and summer highs in the 90's. Which bat house should we purchase.
Hi - you might try putting a few bat houses on the house where they are roosting... then move those bat houses onto poles out in the yard the next fall, etc. Unfortunately they will continue to use the house unless something is done to deter them...filling in the crevices they are using, etc. The 4 chamber or 3 chamber in black I would suggest. Some would put a bat house on a post today, and another on the house. Then after a season, move the one that was on the house onto the backside of the pole. We have kits available soon for double-sided bat houses.
We are in PA and intend on purchasing the Universal Four Chamber. Can this be attached to a brick chimney? We have approximately 100-200 bats in our attic according to the local game commission who came to investigate when we called on how to handle them with little one's around. They are entering in a small space near the chimney. We would like to put the house up near their old roosting home and this spot gets sun and is high up.
Yes that should be a fine place, however it is hard to reach. If you have a few acres and a place for a post, you might consider a bat house on a post in the sun, so that bats won't be pooping on the side of the house, etc. If you need assistance with sealing we have a boom lift that probably can reach the chimney both to install the bat house and also seal the chimney at the same time in winter when bats won't be present.
Hi, I live in Boiling Springs, PA which is in zone 5 on your map. Should I purchase a black or green house? Also, I heard that your facility is up in Carlisle. Can I just pick up the house so that you do not have to ship it? Thanks, Ryan
Hello - either color bat house will work in our area. You can arrange a pickup typically between 9:30-4:00 weekdays by calling 717-241-2228.
Hi, Do you have the dk Green Universal bat house in stock? I am unable to order it online.
If an item is able to be added to your cart, then it is in stock. Sometimes we do have items in stock and the website has not been updated. Call Jenni at 717-241-2228 for the best information or expected build times.
I live in cleveand ohio what color bat house do you recommend
Hi- for that location, any northern latitudes or high elevations, you really can't go wrong with black, very dark brown, or very dark green.You really cannot get a bat house too hot in the vast majority of the US. Please see our resource on What Color Should a Bat House Be here: https://batmanagement.com/blogs/bat-roosts/what-color-should-i-paint-my-bat-house
I'd like to purchase a BCM Universal Four Chamber Premium Bat House in Khaki. Do you have any currently available? I am in New Orleans, LA.
Hello- generally if you can add the bat house to our shopping cart and complete an order, it is in stock or will be in stock within ~10 days.
Does the plastic shell produce any toxic off gassing ? Exactly what kind of plastic is used?
The material used is polyethylene. The spec sheet states that the material is suitable for contact with food according to the FDA, and that it is biologically and chemically inert. There isn’t a statement about off gassing, the FDA spec is the most relevant passage in the specs.
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.