Bat House Questions

Common Questions about Bat Houses

Are there laws or restrictions against putting up bat houses?

No, as long as you are putting the bat house on your own land and property there are no laws or restrictions against bat houses. You must obtain permission before attaching a bat house to a utility pole.

A baby bat fell out of the bat house. What should I do?

If the bat seems to be injured contact a local, licensed rehabilitation specialist to handle the situation. If it is necessary to handle the pup (baby bat), wear thick work gloves. Try to place the bat on the bat house platform or as close to it as possible. Even place the bat up off the ground and in the tree can be helpful. If able, the mother bat will return for her pup.

How many bat houses should I put up?

If you have the space to put up more than one bat house, go for it! The more bat houses you provide for bats, the better. Putting up more than one bat house will also give bats more options and increase your chances of having an occupied bat house. Some bats may prefer one location over the other, or depending on the region and season, they may choose a house in slight shade over a house in full sun.

We are moving. What do we do with our bat house?

The best thing to do is to leave the bat house in its current location. The bats rely on that bat house being in its current location and will return to it year after year.

How can I protect the bats in the bat house from snakes, cats and other predators?

Our bat houses have a predator guard to keep out most cats and raccoons, however their narrow paws may be able to reach in and grab a bat from a full bat house. Our first recommendation to you is to not put your bat house on a tree. Trees are easy for snakes and cats to climb. Attaching a bat house at least 12 feet high to the side of a building or a metal pole will provide a safer home for the bats.

If you choose to put the bat house on a tree, you can attach metal shield around the trunk of the tree. The metal piece should be around 2 feet wide and be placed high enough so raccoons and cats can’t just simply jump over it, the higher the better, plus it will be out of your way as well. Make sure to place it at least a few feet away from the bat house though, to allow the bats to drop and fly out of the house.

Do I need to replace the mesh on the inside of the bat house on a regular basis?

No, the mesh on the inside of the bat house is a durable plastic and should last the lifetime of the house. It is not necessary to replace it unless you notice any damage.

Do I have to maintain or clean my bat house?

Bat houses need very little, if any maintenance. On rare occasions wasps may move into the bat house, however if the bats are living in the house with the wasps, there is no need to remove the wasps and disturb the bats. No other maintenance is needed, and it is not common for wasps to move into bat houses.

What kind of paint should I use to paint my bat house?

Use a outdoor, nontoxic latex paint for your bat house. The paint should be a water-based paint not an oil-based paint.

Will a bat house attract bats to live in my home?

If bats were attracted to your home they would probably already be roosting there. It is better to provide bats with a place to live that is outside of your house. Bat houses are a better roosting option than your own house.

Will guano (bat poop) build up under the bat house?

If you have a large roost of bats there is a chance that guano might build up just a little, however natural elements such as rain, sun and wind will break down the guano naturally. Bat guano is very high in nitrogen making it a great fertilizer. It is not known to be toxic or harmful to humans, dogs, cats or other animals.

Do I need to put guano in my bat house to attract bats?

No, there is no scent or item you can place in or around your bat house to attract bats. The location, temperature and the design are the key factors in bat house occupancy.

Can bats be purchased or relocated to my bat house?

It is illegal to buy or sell bats, partially because many bat species in the US are endangered. Also, bats cannot be relocated and introduced into a bat house because will often times return to their original roost.

Install a Pup Catcher!

Occasionally, the tiny pups may not have firm enough footing and may fall out of the bat house. In this instance, a pup catcher is ideal. It serves as a pocket of mesh and allows them to climb back up the safety of the bat house and mom!