5 Chamber Bat House
This bat house design is the culmination of over 20 years of bat house design and research by certified wildlife biologist Steve Barlow, founder and owner of Wildlife Integration, LLC. Wildlifeintegration.com
This house is also carefully built to meet and exceed proven bat house design criteria set forth by Bat Conservation International. The house also features a patent-pending “Versa-Chamber” design which provides graduated crevice spacings to accommodate all bat species in North America occupying bat houses.
The 5 Chamber Bat House is brown with a green roof, and a black back side. This color variation allows for use in most of North America, keeping in heat from the morning sun without overheating the bats inside during the day while they sleep.
While traditional wooden houses decay rapidly from the inside out due to bat activity and guano, my product is made completely of recycled poly lumber and stainless steel fasteners. This sturdy construction will be practically indestructible to both bat usage and attempts to usurp by woodpeckers, squirrels, and other unwanted guests.
The Bat House also boasts roosting crevices with pass-through grips and ventilation grooves for maximum airflow and superb gripping surfaces for bat use.
Your Bat House comes pre-drilled for easy mounting to a pole or gable end of a building, along with four included stainless steel mounting screws. With a simple installation process, you’ll be housing hundreds of bats in no time.
This bat house can house up to 500 insect-eating bats and can house every bat species that normally uses bat houses, including Little Brown Bats, Big Brown Bats, as well as others based on your location. Bats are wonderful additions to reduce flying insects in your area. Bats living in this house will also provide a spectacular bat flight exit event every evening!
MADE IN THE USA!
Supplies included: 4 Mounting Screws
Suggested supplies: Cordless Drill/Screwdriver, Level, Ladder
Choosing your Location
Choose an open area for your bat house. DO NOT ATTACH YOUR BAT HOUSE TO A TREE! Avoid trees and shade if possible. Because bats are small warm-blooded animals, your bat house will require morning sun to get warm. Also, proximity to trees would benefit bat predators such as snakes, hawks, crows, and owls. Consider placing in the most open area possible but also visible for you to enjoy watching the bats fly out every evening. The bat house will also need to be mounted at least 12’ above ground. The house may be mounted either on a pressure treated wooden pole or on the gable end of a building.
Mounting your House
This bat house will come with 10 total pre-drilled mounting holes on the back side of the house: 4 at each corner, 4 holes at the top middle, and 2 holes at the bottom middle. However you choose to mount your bat house, make sure that the house gets plenty of sunlight so that the house is warm for the bats. If mounting on the side of a building, the east side is preferable so that the house gets morning sun.
If the house will be mounted on a pole, screw the house directly into the pole using 2 mounting screws at the top middle and 2 screws at the bottom middle of the house. You may also add 2 more screws to the top pilot holes if you would like added security (the 4 screws will be sufficient to hold the house). A 16’ pressure treated wooden 4”x4” square pole or 6-9” diameter round pressure treated pole would work well for this mounting method.
If the house will be mounted to a building, you will need to use the four corner mounting holes. First, mark the placement of the holes (with a level) to ensure the house will be level. Then drill the mounting screws into each corner directly to the building, starting with the top of the house. You may also add more mounting screws to the top middle and bottom middle for added security, but it is not necessary.
Maintaining the House
This house requires no other maintenance once it is mounted. However, be patient! If you have mounted the house in an open and sunny area, the bats will find it and roost in time. It can take anywhere between 1 week to 4 years after mounting, but typically bats will roost inside the house within the first year of mounting. Once the bats take up residence, you will begin to see guano on the ground below the bat house. (Guano makes a great fertilizer, and some people take advantage of this.)