Bathouse

Bathouse on south facing gable of house

We finally put up the bathouse we built a few years ago.  Hopefully, a family of bats will discover it and take up residence, and take advantage of the bounty of insects we have available for them.

To install it, I ended up buying a bent metal joist hanger and cutting it so I ended up with two angle pieces I could nail into the sides of the bathouse, and then used a large nail hole on each piece to set it on two nails in the trim.

I didn’t design the bathouse itself; the plans came from Bat Conservation International (currently located here [PDF]), and I wrote an article about constructing this back in 2007 for Green Options (which is now archived among the GreenBuildingElements.com articles).  The one modification I came up with was to use some metal drip edge material as a metal roof for the bathouse.  I cut a length of it and nailed it on with a couple roofing nails.  It ought to be more than adequate for the bats.

According to BCI, “Bat houses can be installed at any time of the year, but they are more likely to be used during their first summer if installed before the bats return in spring.”  I don’t know if we got this up in time, but it’s got good orientation,

The original article text is included below the cut, if you want to read the whole thing.
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