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Building a Better Bat House
Produced by Bat Conservation and Management, Inc. 2005
16 pages, 8.5''x11'', spiral bound (printed version)

Printed version: $12.00

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Electronic version: $5.00

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Manual

Bat House Plans

Building a Better Bat House

A plan for building, assembling, installing, and maintaining a modern bat house.

Building bat houses to proper specifications, placing them in the "best" habitat, and maintaining the houses every few years will maximize the chances of a colony forming on your property. If not built and placed properly, there may not be any visitors at all.

BCM has assembled detailed plans to enable do-it-yourselfers to build their own bat house similar to the 3 and 5 chamber kits presently available in our catalog. But getting plans is just part of the project. We show step by step photographs of the assembly process and offer a chapter on selecting the right shade of paint.We describe how to look for a good installation site, and what pitfalls to watch out for. A chapter on post installs will explain how to get the 50 lb. 7- chamber bat house safely in the air. A section on maintenance includes what to do with wasps, hornets, woodpeckers, overheating problems, and how to inventory your bats. Finally, a short informative chapter on bats and rabies, histoplasmosis, what to do with guano rounds out the book.

The book contains plans for a highly successful seven chamber bat box and also a three chamber bat box. These plans are very similar to the successful boxes sold today by BCM.

Bat Conservation and Management, Inc. Carlisle, Pennsylvania (717) 241-ABAT

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