{"id":112319266843,"title":"BCM Four Chamber Premium Bat House","handle":"four-chamber-premium-bat-house","description":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003eLocation, design, and quality are three of the most important attributes of a successful bat house. With this in mind, we at BCM created our own custom mold made from a heavy-duty plastic, for a bat house that is both functional and attractive. Utilizing a fully formed, one-piece outer shell eliminated the concern that seams will separate over time, exposing wood that could eventually degrade without proper maintenance. \u003cem\u003eOur 4-Chamber Premium bat house should outlast any unmaintained all-wood bat house on the market.\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\n\u003cem\u003e“The BCM 4 chamber is one of my all time favorite bat houses presently available” \u003c\/em\u003e- Merlin Tuttle, Founder of Bat Conservation International and\u003ci\u003e \u003c\/i\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.merlintuttle.org\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eMerlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation\u003c\/a\u003e,  August 2018.\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBats often prefer roosting in larger structures, which can help buffer nighttime temperature extremes, as well as heat up faster in the morning. Our 4-Chamber Premium bat house provides this in both size and style, and is the perfect upgrade to our successful 3-Chamber bat house. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEach 4-Chamber Premium bat house ships assembled, with all interior surfaces permanently roughened by hand for the best \"bat-holds\" possible. We \u003cem\u003edo not \u003c\/em\u003euse screen material for baffles, which shred over time and may trap bat pups. Our decorative bat design on the front serves as a vent that helps prevent bats from overheating. This will provide limited, but necessary airflow as bats may move throughout the house to regulate their internal temperature during the day. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhich bat house is best for you? Select a darker color for most northern states and high elevations, or lighter for warmer climates. Included with every bat house is a 16-page manual, which will assist you with site determination, installation, and long-term maintenance tips.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHighly durable weatherproof body \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHolds ~140 bats!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCustom bat-shaped vent for air-transfer\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSimulated shingled rood with wood-grain exterior\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAvailable in 3 colors (Black, Khaki, Dark Green)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSeamless Exterior construction\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSuitable for little brown bats, Mexican free-tailed bats, Indiana bats, big brown bats, Southeastern myotis, Northern long-eared bats, and others.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDimensions: 24\" x 18\" x 5.75\" (~20 lbs)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e4 Chambers ( 0.75\" spacing)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhat included?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eAssembled bat house\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e16-page manual\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eScrew kit for attaching to Pole Mount (\u003cem\u003esold separately\u003c\/em\u003e) or other flat structure\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhat's needed?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eCordless drill\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003cem\u003eA Pole Mount Kit is strongly recommended if attaching bat house to pressure-treated 4\" x 4\" x 16' or 4\" x 6\" x 16' post cemented 3' into the ground. 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Standard 0.75'' crevices for nationwide use.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e Prefer expert installation?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003eBat Conservation and Management can deliver your bat house, assist with choosing an optimal permanent site, install and finish your bat house all in the same afternoon. \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/products\/installation\" title=\"Bat House Delivery and Installation\"\u003eSee our delivery and installation page\u003c\/a\u003e to contact us for a quote.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eHandmade in Pennsylvania\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.merlintuttle.org\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/files\/Merlin-Tuttles-Bat-Conservation-purple-tealgreen_medium.png?v=1536252574\" alt=\"Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003eBCM bat houses are recommended by\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.merlintuttle.org\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eMerlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #38761d;\"\u003eAvailable In Stock, \u003cem\u003eUsually Ships 1-2 Days\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e","published_at":"2017-09-22T08:52:55-04:00","created_at":"2017-09-22T10:25:03-04:00","vendor":"Bat Conservation and Management","type":"Bat House","tags":["Plastic over wood core"],"price":15900,"price_min":15900,"price_max":17800,"available":true,"price_varies":true,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":1222573424667,"title":"Black","option1":"Black","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"BH4-BLACK","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":true,"featured_image":null,"available":false,"name":"BCM Four Chamber Premium Bat House - 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With this in mind, we at BCM created our own custom mold made from a heavy-duty plastic, for a bat house that is both functional and attractive. Utilizing a fully formed, one-piece outer shell eliminated the concern that seams will separate over time, exposing wood that could eventually degrade without proper maintenance. \u003cem\u003eOur 4-Chamber Premium bat house should outlast any unmaintained all-wood bat house on the market.\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\n\u003cem\u003e“The BCM 4 chamber is one of my all time favorite bat houses presently available” \u003c\/em\u003e- Merlin Tuttle, Founder of Bat Conservation International and\u003ci\u003e \u003c\/i\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.merlintuttle.org\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eMerlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation\u003c\/a\u003e,  August 2018.\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBats often prefer roosting in larger structures, which can help buffer nighttime temperature extremes, as well as heat up faster in the morning. Our 4-Chamber Premium bat house provides this in both size and style, and is the perfect upgrade to our successful 3-Chamber bat house. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEach 4-Chamber Premium bat house ships assembled, with all interior surfaces permanently roughened by hand for the best \"bat-holds\" possible. We \u003cem\u003edo not \u003c\/em\u003euse screen material for baffles, which shred over time and may trap bat pups. Our decorative bat design on the front serves as a vent that helps prevent bats from overheating. This will provide limited, but necessary airflow as bats may move throughout the house to regulate their internal temperature during the day. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhich bat house is best for you? Select a darker color for most northern states and high elevations, or lighter for warmer climates. 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Standard 0.75'' crevices for nationwide use.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e Prefer expert installation?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003eBat Conservation and Management can deliver your bat house, assist with choosing an optimal permanent site, install and finish your bat house all in the same afternoon. \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/products\/installation\" title=\"Bat House Delivery and Installation\"\u003eSee our delivery and installation page\u003c\/a\u003e to contact us for a quote.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eHandmade in Pennsylvania\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.merlintuttle.org\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/files\/Merlin-Tuttles-Bat-Conservation-purple-tealgreen_medium.png?v=1536252574\" alt=\"Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003eBCM bat houses are recommended by\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.merlintuttle.org\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eMerlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #38761d;\"\u003eAvailable In Stock, \u003cem\u003eUsually Ships 1-2 Days\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e"}

BCM Four Chamber Premium Bat House

Product Description

Location, design, and quality are three of the most important attributes of a successful bat house. With this in mind, we at BCM created our own custom mold made from a heavy-duty plastic, for a bat house that is both functional and attractive. Utilizing a fully formed, one-piece outer shell eliminated the concern that seams will separate over time, exposing wood that could eventually degrade without proper maintenance. Our 4-Chamber Premium bat house should outlast any unmaintained all-wood bat house on the market.

“The BCM 4 chamber is one of my all time favorite bat houses presently available” - Merlin Tuttle, Founder of Bat Conservation International and Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation,  August 2018.

Bats often prefer roosting in larger structures, which can help buffer nighttime temperature extremes, as well as heat up faster in the morning. Our 4-Chamber Premium bat house provides this in both size and style, and is the perfect upgrade to our successful 3-Chamber bat house. 

Each 4-Chamber Premium bat house ships assembled, with all interior surfaces permanently roughened by hand for the best "bat-holds" possible. We do not use screen material for baffles, which shred over time and may trap bat pups. Our decorative bat design on the front serves as a vent that helps prevent bats from overheating. This will provide limited, but necessary airflow as bats may move throughout the house to regulate their internal temperature during the day. 

Which bat house is best for you? Select a darker color for most northern states and high elevations, or lighter for warmer climates. Included with every bat house is a 16-page manual, which will assist you with site determination, installation, and long-term maintenance tips.

  • Highly durable weatherproof body 
  • Holds ~140 bats!
  • Custom bat-shaped vent for air-transfer
  • Simulated shingled rood with wood-grain exterior
  • Available in 3 colors (Black, Khaki, Dark Green)
  • Seamless Exterior construction
  • Suitable for little brown bats, Mexican free-tailed bats, Indiana bats, big brown bats, Southeastern myotis, Northern long-eared bats, and others.
  • Dimensions: 24" x 18" x 5.75" (~20 lbs)
  • 4 Chambers ( 0.75" spacing)

What included?

  • Assembled bat house
  • 16-page manual
  • Screw kit for attaching to Pole Mount (sold separately) or other flat structure

What's needed?

  • Cordless drill

 A Pole Mount Kit is strongly recommended if attaching bat house to pressure-treated 4" x 4" x 16' or 4" x 6" x 16' post cemented 3' into the ground. Installation instructions included in the manual.

Four Chamber Bat House advantages: outlasts any wooden bat house & larger thermal mass is suitable for all climates. Standard 0.75'' crevices for nationwide use.

 Prefer expert installation?

Bat Conservation and Management can deliver your bat house, assist with choosing an optimal permanent site, install and finish your bat house all in the same afternoon. See our delivery and installation page to contact us for a quote.

 

 Handmade in Pennsylvania

Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation
BCM bat houses are recommended by
Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation

 

Available In Stock, Usually Ships 1-2 Days

$159.00
Maximum quantity available reached.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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  • It seems the pups are falling out. I have been reading about pup catchers. Do you recommend I install one of these?

    There are some conflicting observations about the usefulness of pup catchers. PA Biologists observed pups never being recovered on pup catchers at all, while others have observed pups climbing back into the bat house. It probably depends how old the pups are, and the reason behind them being out. One theroy is mothers build up toxins from pesticides, which are relased into the first pup they have. BCM offers a Pup Catcher here that is robust enough to use many years: https://batmanagement.com/products/bcm-pup-catcher There is a DIY solution here: https://batworld.org/bat-house-pup-catcher/ that I like because it is adaptable to whatever bat house or roost you are having problems with.  Note the “pup catcher” and it’s parts will deteriorate over time and should be considered something that is a temporary fixture to your problem roost. The lower board that supports the catch pocket makes a great perch for raptors that may pick off all the pups, so only use this device if you really have a problem and remove it promptly.

  • I have some spruce trees that I have been told they will die in ~ 5 years. If I trim off all the branches, and leave just the main trunk would this be a good “pole” for the bats?

    As long as enough limbs are trimmed off so that the bat house receives direct sun most of the day (especially in the morning), that snag would be just fine. Be forewarned if the bat house is shaded it probably won't work. Mounting a bat house is a little trickier because the tree is round and uneven. If using our pole mount kit or something similar, attach the pole mount brackets straight and flush with each other on a flat surface using a few pieces of scrap wood. The mounts can then be lag-bolted onto the tree, and the scrap wood discarded. The two brackets should then be on the tree in the proper spacing and position for the bat house. In addition, stainless steel lag bolts should not corrode and kill the tree like other materials.

  • I actually have a perfect tree with the right sun exposure. Can you give me suggestions to mount the Premium Bat Box on this tree?

    If your tree gets quite a lot of direct sun, it may be suitable. Here are some steps to help you attach the pole mount (which is two separate pieces of wood) to something round and irregular like a tree trunk:   1) Lay out the pole mount brackets square to each other with the proper spacing on a table. Test fit the bat house onto them to be sure you have them at the correct distances apart. 2) Temporarily and securely attach scrap wood to both ends of the pole mounts, so that you essentially make a rigid “frame”, which will keep the proper spacing and orientation of the pole mounts.  3) Take this “frame” to the tree, and screw the pole mounts to the tree using stainless steel lag bolts (not included in the kit). I believe if you do not use stainless steel lag bolts you run the risk of killing the tree! That said, if the tree is not healthy, any bolting into it may kill it. 4) You should not be able to remove the scrap wood that was holding the mounts flat and parallel. If not much twisting or shifting occurred, the bat house should mate nicely with the mounts. 

  • I was referred to you by Merlin. I'm wondering what color bat house you would recommend for central Florida (south facing)? I'm thinking of starting with your BCM four chamber premium model. The house will be mounted on a free standing pole, thus, no shade.Thanks!

    Hello you may be in a transition zone between the dark and light bat house. I would probably start with the tan bat house and if there is no activity after a few seasons or temperatures suggest it is too cool, it can always be painted darker with paint formulated for outdoor plastic. (I have painted some plastic pipes in PA which still look good after 10 years.) But, mounting in sun it may work just fine as-is as tan. We would appreciate any followup you provide and can help with determining temperatures, etc. for you; email jchenger@batmanagement.com Anyone else reading this who has not checked out Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation should do so; the website is a fantastic resource.

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