Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Where to put your new bat house.


Well, I guess you read my post on bat houses and how important they can be.  Today’s post is about where to put and locations in different parts of the country.
There are a few placement recommendations you should follow to increase your odds of bats moving into your bat house.
In general, bat houses should be:
• attached at least 15 feet high
• free from obstructions with at least 20 feet of open space
• facing southeast to gain exposure to sunlight
The placement of your bat house plays a major role on its internal temperature.  Bat houses can be placed on buildings such as the side of a house or a garage.  They can also be mounted to a pole.  Attaching a bat house to a tall tree is another option; however studies have shown that bat houses placed on trees are less likely to be occupied than those on a building or pole.
The place you choose to attach your bat house should be free from obstructions with at least 20 feet of open space. This will allow the bats to locate the house and easily fly in and out of it.
In order to provide a secure and undisturbed roosting location, bat houses should be placed at least 15 feet high.  At this height, the bat house will also be exposed to more sunlight throughout the day, especially if it is facing southeast to take advantage of the morning sunlight.
Select your general region below for helpful bat house placement information. Details vary based on your location, including which helpful colors your bat house should be painted.  Typically in temperate regions, bat houses should be painted a darker color while in hotter regions, it may be helpful to paint the bat house a lighter color.  In addition, you’ll find out what types of bats are likely to occupy your bat house in your region.
Northeast United States
Bat houses should face south to southeast to take advantage of the morning sun. In northern states and Canada, bat houses need to receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight. It is also advantageous to paint the house black to absorb plenty of heat.  Baby bats require a very warm temperature. Paint only the outside of your bat house and use a non-toxic, latex paint.
Bats return from migration and awaken from hibernation as early as March in most of the U.S. They will be abundant throughout the summer and into early fall. Approximately half of all bat houses are occupied within the first summer and up to 80% are occupied within the first 2-3 years.  If bats do not roost in your house by the end of the third summer, move the house to a different location.  It is also helpful to attach more than one bat house in your yard in order to provide bats with different housing options and increase your chances of having an occupied bat house.
Bats that Commonly Use Bat Houses in the Northeast
Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)
Northwest United States
Bat houses should face south to southeast in order to take advantage of the morning sun. In northern states and Canada, bat houses need to receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight. It is also advantageous to paint the house black to absorb plenty of heat.  Baby bats require a very warm temperature. Paint only the outside of your bat house and use a non-toxic, latex paint.
Bats return from migration and awaken from hibernation as early as March in most of the U.S. They will be abundant throughout the summer and into early fall. Approximately half of all bat houses are occupied within the first summer and up to 80% are occupied within the first 2-3 years.  If bats do not roost in your house by the end of the third summer, move the house to a different location.  It is also helpful to attach more than one bat house in your yard in order to provide bats with different housing options and increase your chances of having an occupied bat house.
Bats that Commonly Use Bat Houses in the Northwest
Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)
Mexican Free-Tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis)
Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus)
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis)
Southeast United States
If deciding to attract bats that choose to roost in full sun, bat houses should face east to southeast to take advantage of the morning sun. You can paint your bat house white, or leave natural.  Paint only the outside of your bat house and use a non-toxic, latex paint.
Bats return from migration and awaken from hibernation as early as March in most of the U.S., but stay active year-round in the extreme southern U.S. They will be abundant through out the summer and into early fall. Approximately half of all bat houses are occupied within the first summer and up to 80% are occupied within the first 2-3 years.  If bats do not roost in your house by the end of the third summer, move the house to a different location.  It is also helpful to attach more than one bat house in your yard in order to provide bats with different housing options and increase your chances of having an occupied bat house.
Bats that Commonly Use Bat Houses in the Southeast
Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
Evening Bat (Nycticeius humeralis)
Mexican Free-Tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensi)
Southeastern Bat (Myotis austroriparius)
Tri-colored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus)
Southwest United States
Bat houses should face east to southeast to take advantage of the morning sun. You can paint your bat house white, or leave it a natural. Paint only the outside of your bat house and use a non-toxic, latex paint.
Bats return from migration and awaken from hibernation as early as March in most of the U.S., but stay active year-round in the extreme southern U.S. They will be abundant throughout the summer and into early fall. Approximately half of all bat houses are occupied within the first summer and up to 80% are occupied within the first 2-3 years.  If bats do not roost in your house by the end of the third summer, move the house to a different location.  It is also helpful to attach more than one bat house in your yard in order to provide bats with different housing options and increase your chances of having an occupied bat house.
Bats that Commonly Use Bat Houses in the Southwest
Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
Evening Bat (Nycticeius humeralis)
Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)
Mexican Free-Tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis)
Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus)
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis)

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