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BCM Bat House Plans

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Building a Better Bat House

A plan for building, assembling, installing, and maintaining a modern bat house.

Building bat houses to proper specifications, placing them in the "best" habitat, and maintaining the houses every few years will maximize the chances of a colony forming on your property. If not built and placed properly, there may not be any visitors at all.

BCM has assembled detailed plans to enable do-it-yourselfers to build their own bat house similar to the 3 chamber kits presently available in our catalog. But getting plans is just part of the project. We show step by step photographs of the assembly process and offer a chapter on selecting the right shade of paint.We describe how to look for a good installation site, and what pitfalls to watch out for. A chapter on post installs will explain how to get the 50 lb. 7- chamber bat house safely in the air. A section on maintenance includes what to do with wasps, hornets, woodpeckers, overheating problems, and how to inventory your bats. Finally, a short informative chapter on bats and rabies, histoplasmosis, what to do with guano rounds out the book.

The book contains plans for a highly successful seven chamber bat box and also a three chamber bat box. These plans are very similar to the successful boxes sold today by BCM.

These plans have not required updating for quite awhile because they simply have stood the test of time and are quite similar to the plans currently available from some state wildlife agencies today. These plans share the spirit of any modern bat house style maternity roost, but are presented in a way as to require as few power tools as possible, so are suited for anyone with a basic circular saw and power drill. The end result will be a a bat house functionally identical to BCM's 3-Chamber Kit, but with a simple straight-cut vent and roost baffles that can be made with a circular saw rather than a table saw with dado blades.

Available as an Instant Download . . . you will receive an immediate email with a download link.

Please check your spam/junk mail folder for an email from: Your Instant Download from Bat Conservation and Management


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Please ensure the shipping address you provide can accept UPS deliveries. BCM is not responsible for any fees or delays incurred from an incorrect shipping address.

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What states does sales tax apply?
If you live in PA, you will be charged sales tax according to your state’s sales tax rules.  Tax Exempt Businesses/Organizations in PA only: contact us to place your order (717-241-2228). Please have your tax exempt number.

What can I return?
You may return new, unopened items sold within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. Shirts, hats, and mugs are made to order and are not returnable.

When will I get my refund?
Most refunds are fully refunded in 3-5 business days after we receive and process your return.

Does BCM do replacements?
We can only replace the exact item and version you ordered, and you are responsible to return the damaged item within 30 days. If you want to exchange for a different item, you will need to return the item and place a new order.

Pettersson D500x and M500 Bat Detectors Return and Exchange Policy
All detectors are tested by BCM staff before shipping to customers. Please contact BCM first detailing the issue you are having with the hardware and obtain a Return Authorization. Should email or phone troubleshooting fail to resolve the issue, you should send the unit in suitable packaging to BCM, with the RA number written on the packaging.

BCM will confirm the unit is defective was not abused or water damaged. BCM will replace the unit at our discretion usually within one week. Units requiring repairs may take 6-8 weeks.

Pettersson factory warranty is one year.

D500x External Microphone Return Policy
All microphones are tested by BCM staff before shipping to customers. Please contact BCM first detailing the issue you are having with the Microphone and obtain a Return Authorization. Should email or phone troubleshooting fail to resolve the issue, you should send the unit in suitable packaging to BCM, with the RA number written on the packaging.

DOA microphones are replaced immediately at no charge. There is a $150 for refurbishing used microphones, shipped immediately if in stock.

Electronics
Electronics purchased from BCM are easily returned within 30 days of receipt of shipment. These items must be in new condition with original packaging and accessories. All bat detectors sold by BCM are supported by the device's manufacturers. In the unlikely event a detector appears to be defective, please contact the customer support network for the computer manufacturer to have it serviced under warranty. Pettersson D500x/M500 devices have specific policies, see above.

Software
Software titles purchased from BCM are easily returned within 30 days of receipt of shipment. These items must be unopened and still in their plastic wrap.

General items

Other items purchased from BCM can only be returned if:

  • The return is packaged and shipped in the original packaging.
  • The items are still in new condition.
  • You ship your return within 30 days of receipt of the original shipment.

Any returns that do not meet the above qualifications may receive a reduced refund or be returned to the purchaser. Some items may incur a restocking fee as these items must be inspected, tested, and repackaged. If a restocking fee applies it will be noted on the product information page.  All returns will be less original shipping costs.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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  • I live in Jacksonville, Florida and just purchased the TAN colored 4 chamber colony structure made from composite. I have a 70’ cabbage palm about 50’ from the creek l live on and that’s where I’m going to mount the house today. This location receives a solid 8-10 hours of sun a day. Seems like that could be too much but if I put it on a 4 x 6 it would also be in the middle of the yard and get full sun exposure. So...can there be too much sun for the lil skeeter eaters?!?!?!!

    Hi Brent

    I have those bat houses near Jacksonville in full sun and also in part late afternoon shade with success. The best plan is to install one bat house in full sun, another in afternoon shade and let the bats choose...it is likely you may notice occupancy in both bat houses at different times of the year. Some bat houses near Jacksonville are occupied year-round or in winter. - JC

  • Please tell me what the bat house is made out of

    Generally 1/2'' plywood for the exteriors, and 3/8'' plywood for the interior baffles. However, the way the spacing works with these plans allows for any thickness lumber to be used as desired. Just maintain 3/4'' spacing (furring strips can be used) between baffles, and any other lumber can be used.

  • I live in Northern Michigan, we have bats in the walls. I would like to install a bathhouse for them to move to. I didn't see any of the DIY bathouses that specified Northern/cooler climates. I'm not sure what type of bats they are, little black and cute. Which bathouse should I use? How do I get them to move? Where do I put the bathouse, if I put it on the house will they move out of our house into their house? None of the other building have heat, as long as it's on a building (we have two barns) does it matter if it has heat?

    Hello- You would want to paint your DIY bat house black in your area. It doesn't matter if you put them on buildings that are heated or out buildings, but you want to make sure the bat house is in full sun. Be careful not to tuck it too far under the eves so that the eves shade the bat house! If placing on a building, attach 2x4 spacers to the building first, then add the bat house to the spacers is best. You can also place it on a pole somewhere in full sun on your property; but not near parked cars as bats will be pooping. A bunch of resources for installing bat houses is here: https://batmanagement.com/blogs/bat-roosts

    Bats will not leave your building without you doing something to seal up the crevices they are getting into. Obviously you don't want to trap them inside. The genral procedure is to seal up all the crevices you can find on all sides of the building, then on the main bat entrance place a temporary "one way door". Many resources are availalbe on how to do this, ours is here: https://batmanagement.com/blogs/bat-exclusion-control

  • You should consider accepting Pay Pal. I rarely make online purchase using a card. too risky. I wanted to purchase the BCM plans. Can I mail a check?

    Hello Ron we can certainly accept a check sent to 1263 Claremont Drive, Carlisle PA 17015. Write "order enclosed" on the envelope. BCM doesn't store your credit card info; cards are charged immediately upon ordering and staff cannot "re-run" a charge once it's processed. This process is automatic and uses high encryption like any other credit card processor.

  • I’m looking to build and post a bat house in my local dog park in a suburb of Atlanta. The park doubles as a flood plain during the rainy season and there is large amounts of vegitation in the area. My questions are: What things should I specifically consider? Is there a specific type of bat predominant in the area that I need to cater to? Would these plans be suitable for my needs? Thank you

    You likely have big brown bats and Mexican free tail bats in your area that would readily take up bat houses. If using our plans, you might consider changing a couple of the baffles to being 1'' instead of the "standard" 3/4''. Big brown bats always use the wider spacing first. Use post protectors on the post to help insulate them from the ground. Otherwise the remaining tips in the manual / pland should help.

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