How to Make a Simple Bat Box

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More than 900 distinct varieties of bats live around the world. The vast majority consume only insects. They are wonderful for naturally controlling a mosquito and gnat population. One bat will eat 1,200 mosquitoes per hour which makes them ideal visitors for anyone who lives on the water or has a pond. Bats also enjoy consuming caterpillars which can damage crops, vegetables and garden plants. Bats' fecal matter is high in phosphorus and nitrogen which can naturally aid soil. Constructing a simple bat house can encourage bats to live in the yard and help control pests naturally.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1/2-inch thick rough cedar board
  • 1-by-2-inch rough cedar board
  • Jigsaw
  • Tape measure
  • Safety glasses
  • Exterior caulk
  • Caulk gun
  • Six clamps
  • Drill
  • 1-inch exterior screws
  • Brush
  • Garden netting
  • Construction staple gun with staples
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Measure two pieces on the 1/2-inch thick rough cedar. One piece will measure 22 inches long and one piece will measure 26 inches. Cut the two pieces with the jigsaw.

  2. 2

    Cut the 1-by-2-inch cedar board into three pieces using the jigsaw. Two pieces should measure 13 inches long and one piece should measure 26 inches long.

  3. 3

    Apply a thin bead of exterior caulk along each piece of cut 1-by-2. Lay the pieces along the sides of the 26-inch long piece of cedar with the caulk between the boards. Caulk the corners where the smaller two 1-by-2 pieces meet the larger 1-by-2 piece. Clamp into place. Wipe any excessive caulk away.

  4. 4

    Drive a 1-inch exterior screw into the 1-by-2 pieces and 26-inch piece of cedar. Place screws roughly every 6 inches to hold all pieces together.

  5. 5

    Paint all the pieces black. Wait for the first coat to dry thoroughly and apply a second coat.

  6. 6

    Stretch the garden netting over the 22-inch piece of cedar. Staple into place along the edges of the three attached 1-by-2 boards.. Remove any excess netting with scissors.

  7. 7

    Place the front 22-inch piece of cedar over the three 1-by-2 inch boards and the garden netting. Clamp the 22-inch piece of cedar into place. Drive exterior screws roughly every 5 inches into the 22-inch piece of wood and through the 1-by-2 boards.

  8. 8

    Caulk all the way around the edges of the bat house. Wipe excessive caulk away. Allow to dry before hanging.

  9. 9

    Hang so the bottom slit entrance is facing down 15 feet off the ground. Hang it onto the side of a house, a pole or an older tree. Place in a southern location so the bat house receives at least six hours of sun per day.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not disturb the bats during the day or they will move from the bat house.

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