In our last post, we gave you 4 reasons why bats are so beneficial for your garden and the local ecosystem as a whole. Now, we’ll share how you can build your very own bat house and start welcoming these high- flying guys into your humble abode.
First, you’ll want to do some research to determine the size, shape and materials to be used for your bat house. You can find great construction ideas on Bat Conservation International and learn tons of awesome facts about bats while you’re at it.
Take careful consideration when deciphering where to build your beautiful bat house. Ideally, go for a spot that receives plenty of sunlight and is at least 15 feet off the ground to keep predators at bay. It’s helpful to have water nearby as well, such as a pond or bird bath. Steer away from mounting your bat house on a tree. Trees make the house easily accessible to predators and branches can complicate entering/exiting. Instead, opt for a wall or pole mount. These spots are safe and a wall will retain heat better.
Here are some different designs to consider:
Watch the video below to get step-by-step instructions on how to build a simple wooden bat house for your garden!