Bat House and Bat Box Construction Issues to Avoid
Black = Negative Construction items to avoid.
Green = Positive construction designs.
1. Bat houses that are made out of a non-exterior grade of wood.
All of our BCI (Bat Conservation International) approved bat boxes are made out of rough sawn northern cedar which withstands the weather elements with little to no yearly maintenance.
2. Constructed from lumber that is less than 1/2 inch in thickness.
Our bat house boxes are constructed with 13/16 inch rough sawn northern cedar.
3. Constructed with finish nails or staples.
All of our bat house boxes are glued and screwed together.
4. Bat houses that are made to small.
Our bat house box units meet certain size standards developed through years of research studies by Bat Conservation International (BCI).
5. A large number of the bat house units in the marketplace do not take into consideration a draft free constructed unit.
All of our bat house boxes are designed with the FOUR NOTCH SYSTEM to Insure a water tight, draft free construction.
6. Some of the bat house manufactures use a fiberglass mesh for the bats to cling to. That is old technology.
All of our bat boxes are designed with grooved pattern saw cuts on the interior surface of the face lumber, and rough sawn lumber on the backside and interior panels. (BatsBirdsYard construction)
7. A roof on "your home" keeps you dry and so it is with a bat house. Some units have only wood for a roof, some have a shingle.
Our BCI certified bat boxes all have a metal roof. Be it a penny bright metal or copper.
8. Most backsides of a bat house are constructed from some sort of wood.
All of our bat house boxes are constructed with wood attached to an exterior metal surface with a factory paint finish applied to the metal.
9. Some bat house are suspended by a wire or a single bracket of some sort. A bat house needs to be securely affixed so it does not swing in the wind.
All of our bat houses have four (4) predrilled holes for 100% secured mounting.
10. Some bat houses come painted. What are they painted with? Oil based paint or stain is toxic to bats.
All of our units come natural. If you want a bat house with an exterior finish we will install a non-toxic water base stain or an acrylic paint formulated for exterior use. The finish is only applied to the outer surface.
A word of wisdom. You only get what "you pay for" and most of the time you don't even get that.