How To Build A Bat House Download
Provide a roosting site for a female bat and her pup! The Canadian Wildlife Federation is here to guide you through every step. Begin by downloading these free DIY instructions. Building a bat house during these crucial months (April through June) will provide a roosting site for a female bat to have her pup. Bats only have one pup per year, so providing them safe haven is vital to their survival. Bats also make great neighbours; they help control insects through spring and summer.
Register your bat house, of course! Once you’ve successfully built and installed your bat house, register it with us. Continue to monitor the bat house to see if bats move in. Chances are it won’t happen immediately, so be patient. You can also track and upload your bat observations through the “Help the Bats” project on iNaturalist.ca and our free app. By uploading your observations you will be helping scientists understand the current state of bats in Canada.
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Not Building Your Own? What To Look For When Buying A Bat House
Bats aren’t unique when it comes to the quality of home they’d prefer to live in. Like us, they don’t want leaky roofs, but they do need some airflow coming in from air vents on the sides. In northern climates like Canada, bats would also prefer a house that warms up quickly, especially for maternity roosts. That means using dark wood or dark non-toxic paint, easily warmed by the sun. And just like their human counterparts, it’s all about location!
So what kind of bat house should you buy to make it attractive to potential bat occupants? We suggest you look for the largest bat house you can safely hang that offers unobstructed access for its flying occupants. Bigger is better (at least 50 centimetres tall by 36 centimetres wide) since larger bat houses keep a more stable temperature; they also provide more space for a new mother to raise her pups. The number of bats that would gather in a single roost can vary widely, so it’s a good idea to buy a multi-chamber bat house, with passage holes between chambers, to make it more attractive to your house guests.
When it comes to construction, look for houses made of natural woods or non-toxic composites. Galvanized screws and nails should be used to avoid rusting, and any glues used in the construction should be non-toxic. If your bat house comes painted, make sure the paint is non-toxic. If you’re painting it yourself, use a black paint or a dark colour that suits your aesthetic. Darks colours absorb heat faster making it more comfortable for bats.
As for the inside, ensure the interior is cut with roosting grips for bats to hang from; some constructions use a mesh that bats can grip onto, but this will eventually wear out or tear over time. The cost of your bat house may vary depending on the manufacturer; however, buying a quality bat house designed for the specific needs of bats will last longer and help increase the chances an appreciative bat colony will move in. Remember: more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better quality.