Be skeptical of any bat house plans that look more like bird houses, or have large, square, single chambers inside. Bats like houses with 3/4" spaces, so they can pack tightly together and share body heat. Avoid smooth wood or slick paints, bright lights, and windy hill-tops.
If you don't have the equipment, time, or inclination to build your own bat house, there are several reputable sources where you can purchase a pre-built bat house. I would proceed with caution, however, as a quick search online for bat houses turned up many designs that were more focused on attracting buyers than bats. is one of the best sources for well-designed bat houses, and as a bonus, you know the money you spend there is put back into bat research and education.
Size matters. There are many bat house plans available on the Internet and most will work in areas where a colony is already established, but if your concern is how to attract bats to a bat house where none were before, bigger is better. They offer a greater variation in interior temperatures and the space needed for females and their pups.
In honor of bats – and the wacky folks who love them – we humbly submit to you 27 FREE bat house plans in the hopes that you can dramatically reduce the mosquito population that’s taken up residence around your .
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>> 1 HOA-Positive Bat House Plan
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>> 13 Basic Bat Houses for the Modestly Batty
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Now I’m off to find some simple bat house plans I can construct with the boys. I would love to hear any suggestions in the comment section if you have experience building these little guano factories!
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