Having a successful bat colony in your bat house may take some work, but it
will provide you with an educational and enjoyable experience!
A note about bats
Unknown to many, bats have desirable qualities that make them welcome
residents of your yard. A single big brown bat can eat up to 7,000 insects each
night, which is one of their best qualities.
Bats are agile fliers and do not get caught in hair. And they're no more prone
to carry rabies than other mammals. (For your own safety, never handle any animal
that is found sick or dead.)
Bats need very hot temperatures inside their house (80 to 90 degrees). You may
need to paint your bat house a dark color or cover it with a layer of tar paper to
attain the optimal temperature.
Attach your bat house to a tree or building. The house should be approximately
12 to 15 feet above the ground. Because the critical element for a successful bat
house is the temperature, place the house where it receives the morning sun and is
shaded during the afternoon.
Siting the house near large supplies of insects is preferred, because the bats
feed on insects.
View a blueprint for a bat house.