How to build a bat house



How to build a bat house

How to Build a Bat House

Known for eating annoying pests, bats can help you to keep your yard free from mosquitoes and gnats. Building a bat house for your yard can be a fun and easy way to encourage bats to live around your home and keep pests from destroying your outdoor play time. It is a kid-friendly project that only takes an afternoon to complete and you probably have most of the materials already lying around the house.


Instructions

Step 1

Cut scrap pieces of wood into two pieces that are 24 inches high and 13 inches wide. Cut another two pieces which are 24 inches high and 3 inches wide. Cut two more pieces of wood that are 8 inches by 15 inches. These two pieces will be the roof.

Step 2

Use a hammer and nail to create a hole in each of the large pieces of wood that is about 6 inches from the bottom.

Step 3

Staple pantyhose or netting material to the wider walls, using a staple every 2 inches. This will make a perch for the bats to hang on.

Step 4

Paint the house a dark color using dark paint or stain. Nail the house about 15 feet from the ground onto a tree or pole. You can also choose to nail the bat house directly to the side of your home.

Step 5

Assemble the house by screwing the four pieces of wood together to make the house. The larger pieces will make the front and back of the house and the smaller pieces will make the sides. Caulk the walls after you have screwed them together. Screw together the roof pieces at a 30 degree angle and then screw them to the walls to attach the roof to the house.


Things Needed
• Scrap 1/2 inch cedar plywood or exterior plywood
• Wood screws
• Caulking
• Dark stain or paint
• Old pantyhose or plastic netting
• Staple gun
• Hammer
• Large nail

Tips & Warnings
• Bats usually make themselves known at dusk. If you have children who are afraid of the bats, let them observe them flying around at dusk form a safe distance.

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