Want to evict bats from your house without leaving them homeless? Or maybe you just want to attract bats to your yard for some natural pest control? Put up a bat house!
Building Your Own Bat House
Bats are picky about their bat houses, so before building a home for bats, you need to find a proper design. Bat Conservation International has done a lot of work to find out what bats like best, and they provide free plans for building your own bat house. There are a lot of things to consider before building your bat house.
- Information about Building Your Own Bat House
- Free Plans for a Four Chamber Bat House
- Free Plans for a Two Chamber Rocket Box for Bats
- Video on Building a Bat House
Buying a Bat House
Would you rather just buy a bat house? No problem, there are lots of options. Just be sure that any bat house you buy is a design that is certified by Bat Conservation International. We can’t recommend a place to buy a house, but here is a list of a few places to get you started.
Installing Your Bat House
Even though it seems like they will get too hot in Georgia, bat houses need sun. 6–8 hours of morning sun is best. It may be beneficial to allow your bat house to get some afternoon shade, especially in the warmest parts of the state. Your bat house should be about 12–20 feet above the ground and should be 20–30 feet from tree lines, structures and other obstacles. More tips about the installing your bat house.
Getting Bats to Move In
Even if you put up the best bat house in the best location, we can’t promise bats will move in. Be patient! It often takes a while before you see any bats. They may already have a great home and may not need a new bat house. But there are things you can do to give your bat house a better chance to attract some tenants. Here are some good tips from Bat Conservation International.
I've Got Bats in My Bat House! Now What?
Got Bats in your Bat House? Want to know what kind they are? View this identification guide.
Want to help DNR learn more about bats in Georgia? You can help by participating in our Bat Roost Monitoring Project.
Plant a Bat Garden
Whether or not you choose to put up a bat house you can plant a bat garden! Just like all of Georgia’s wildlife, bats need native plants, too. Native plants will attract native insects for bats to eat. View a list of native plants you can plant to help attract bat food.