We've got a wide range of Bat Houses including small bat house kits to large bat house condominiums. Our bat houses are made to fine specs that insure they'll last a long time and protect the bats that move inside. So whether you're looking for a bat house kit, a small starter bat house or a something big enough to house several hundred bats, we're sure to have a model that will fit your needs. See more on BAT HOUSES
I ordered a bat house recently and some bat lure. I'd like to know where to put the bat lure. It says to put it on the landing pad but that is not clear to me. Is there a video or a picture of how to do this? Thanks.
Sorry but we don't have a picture on how to do apply the BAT LURE. But it's not hard to do. Basically you just need to smear some on the landing pad of your house.
The landing pad is the section that's down at the bottom just under the entry slots. On our PLYWOOD HOUSES, this would be the area with the screening that takes up the bottom 25% of the house just under where the bats will roost. Small dabs using 1/2 of a teaspoonful will work. Basically just dab it on and rub it down nice and smooth.
You should also apply 1 full teaspoonful up inside the house as well. This should be done on any of our houses and smearing it onto any side, back or front, will do the job.
Reapply the Bat Call in the spring and summer about every 3 months. So in most regions, twice a year applications will be plenty.
Bat Call: http://www.bats-house.com/bat-call-lure
Plywood Bat Houses: http://www.bats-house.com/plywood-bat-house
Cedar Bat Houses: http://www.bats-house.com/cedar-bat-house
At what height do I have to put my bat house on the tree?
At least ten feet up. Bats will actually roost in houses lower but for safety reasons, it's best to keep the house at least 10 feet up. More "where to mount a bat house" details can be seen here:
Mounting Guidelines: http://www.bats-house.com/bat-house-mounting-guidelines
Looking into getting a bat house from you.
I don't know much about this, so I need to know if the house needs to be mounted in such a way that it can be lowered or otherwise accessed for cleaning (like a marin house), or will the bats do their own maintenance?
Actually no maintenance is needed. Our houses are designed so that the bat guano will drop out of the house by default and not accumulate inside.
Bat Houses: http://www.bats-house.com/bat-houses
And more information about how to mount them can be seen here:
Bat House Mounting: http://www.bats-house.com/bat-house-mounting-guidelines
Can bat houses be mounted right under martin houses?
Yes. In fact, bats commonly roost close to birds and don't seem to mind martins. We actually have a BLUE BIRD BAT HOUSE which can comfortable house both blue birds and bats and the two species don't mind each other. At this point we've not seen evidence to suggest bats and martins will share the same house but no doubt they can exist in different houses even if mounted on the same pole.
Blue Bird Bat House: http://www.bats-house.com/blue-bird-bat-house
For bat houses, is it true that this will increase the likelihood of bats nesting in the eaves if the bat house becomes full? How do I prevent this problem?
Generally speaking, this will not happen. Remember, the inside of a bat house is vastly different from the eaves of your home. Bats need and prefer protection from many things including temperature, rain and bright lights. And though a bat house can provide a tranquil environment conducive to keeping and maintaining bats, it's not likely our eaves are nearly as hospitable. So if you had bats in a BAT HOUSE you installed, chances are high they'd stay right there.
Over time the colony could grow too large for the house and when this happens, some may "spill" out to the surrounding area. So if you find your Bat House is filling up, install another. If the house gets too full of bats, they'll most likely move away to a more accommodating space rather than try living outside the bat house amongst the eaves.
In summary, getting a bat house does not increase the odds of getting bats somewhere they're not wanted. But keep in mind if you ever get a bat problem and find them hanging around the home in the "wrong" location, give us a call. I'm sure we'll have some suggestions on how you can make them move away.
Bat House Catalog: http://www.bats-house.com/bat-houses
We live in a one-story territorial house with no gables or high areas. If we purchased a bat house kit, could we attach it to our backyard wall or to a tree? Thanks.
If you read through our BAT HOUSE MOUNTING GUIDELINES, you'll learn that the side of a home or other structure is actually a good place to mount a bat house. I would try there if possible. Especially if you see bats active in the area.
A tree can be used to but as explained in our guidelines, you want to use a tree which is easy to access meaning it doesn't have any limbs or leaves in the flight path way which would effectively repel or keep bats away. It's important your house placement be "user friendly" so if a tree is used, the bats must be able to find and fly to the home without having to navigate a tight area. Also, tree mounts tend to be risky for bats whereas the side of the home is a much safer location.
Bat House Mounting Suggestions: http://www.bats-house.com/bat-house-mounting-guidelines
I am about to start building my bat house using your kit. Should I sand the whole thing? I wasn't sure if the inside surface should be left rough for the bats to cling on to it…or if I should sand the inside, too.
Sanding is really not needed but if you feel there are some sections that are a bit too rough, by all means go ahead and smooth them out. We do some basic sanding but by design leave them mostly as natural as possible.
At this time we're not aware of any evidence to suggest that bats prefer rough over smooth and since we have make grooves throughout each chamber of our BAT HOUSE KIT, there will be plenty of areas for them to grab and hang onto securely.
Bat House Kit: http://www.bats-house.com/bat-house-kit
This past summer I placed out a bat house I got at a local hardware store. It's made from recycled plastic and seems to be similar to yours. So far I don't have any bats and I'm sure they left for the winter. How can I attract some so next year maybe they'll move into my house?
First, the plastic houses haven't done well attracting or harboring bats. Whether it's the temperature inside them or what they're made of we don't know. But we do know that getting bats to move into them is near to impossible. I suggest you consider replacing it with a proven model like one that we have listed on our BAT HOUSE page.
Second, make sure you follow all the MOUNTING GUIDELINES we have posted. And using some BAT CALL can really help. If you get one of ours, be sure to install it in the next month or two so it will have time to cure and be ready for next spring.
I recently got a bat house from you and I'm wondering when I should install it. Winter is fast approaching and I know the bats have left so I'm thinking next spring?
In fact the best time to install your bat house would be now. This is because bats seem to like houses which have "cured". If you wait till next spring, the new smell of the house might prevent any from moving in once they return to you region. But if you get it out now and let it cure over the winter, you'll stand a good chance of getting bats to move in next spring. And don't remember to follow our MOUNTING GUIDELINES when installing your house. Hopefully you have a good location already picked out where you know bats are active. Good luck!