DIY Bat Box and why you should hug a bat today

DIY Bat Box and why you should hug a bat today

Did you know bats are great pollinators, eat mosquito’s, and are safe to have around?

DIY Bat Box - 4 chamber nursery - Attract bats and bat conservancy.
The finished Bat Box hanging on our barn

OK, OK. You can’t really hug a bat today, but you can build them a warm and cuddly home. And that’s nice too. Why would you want to build them a house?? Because bats are cool. At least that’s what it says on the Bat Conservation International website. I can’t disagree, they can pollinate plants (like our beloved honeybees) and eat many agricultural pests and mosquito’s, people! How stinking nice of them is that?


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In southern Texas, mosquito’s torment us nearly year round. We just had a cold enough snap to kill them off and it’s December. The threat of Zika coming to Texas makes mosquito’s an even scarier threat. I can’t even imagine being pregnant and worrying about mosquito stings in a place where Zika has been found. It is absolutely terrible what Zika can do to a developing fetus. According to the Bat Conservation website, throughout the United States, scientists estimate, bats are worth more than $3.7 billion a year in reduced crop damage and pesticide use. And that, of course, means fewer pesticides enter the ecosystem. The pesticide issue is another plus with me, if I have to spray less to kill the mosquito’s then I don’t have to worry about how those sprays are affecting my kids, animals, cute little backyard lizards, and the beneficial bugs in my yard. So, it’s time to build a bat box and embrace the bat as your friend and partner.

Wait, wait, wait. Shouldn’t I be afraid of bats?? Not at all. There are only 3 species of bats that consume blood and they are all in Latin America, or in that gross ‘blood-drinking bat’ display at the zoo. 😉 Also, bats are only as likely to have rabies as any other mammal. So, don’t worry, folks.

DIY Bat Box - 4 chamber nursery - Attract bats and bat conservancy.
Phil scoring the panels to give the bats a grippy surface

My handy hubby, Phil, gets all the credit for this build. He did the research, found the plans, built the box, and hung it on the barn single-handily. Though our 3-year old, Spencer, was there much of the time, for moral support. Phil used the 4-chamber nursery house plans from the Bat Conservancy website. He did have to tweak it a bit. When he made the supply run to HD, they only had 1/2″ plywood. So, he used that for the whole build and adjusted the cuts accordingly. If you decide to build a bat box, be sure to check the link above for color recommendations. Apparently, the recommended box color varies based on the part of the country you’re in. Who knew bats could be so picky?

DIY Bat Box - 4 chamber nursery - Attract bats and bat conservancy.
Mid-build with the medium toned stain recommended for our area

Once the box was ready to hang, Phil and Spencer worked together to hang it on the barn. Phil handled the dangerous climbing with a heavy object part, while Spencer handled the pushing stubborn donkeys away from the ladder part. The box looks great on the barn. I was wondering how the little guys would find out that we had a box. Apparently, the little guys are always scouting new shelters while they’re out hunting. No need to list it on the bat version of AirBNB then. I’m hoping the bats agree and move in when they come back to our area in the Spring.

DIY Bat Box - 4 chamber nursery - Attract bats and bat conservancy.
From below, you can see the 4 separate chambers on this design

Don’t have time to build a bat box? Lots of recommended sellers are listed on the Bat Conservancy website.

DIY Bat Box - 4 chamber nursery - Attract bats and bat conservancy.
My sweet boys on their way to check out the new bat box. Two of the donkeys photo-bombing in the barn
DIY Bat Box - 4 chamber nursery - Attract bats and bat conservancy.
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4 thoughts on “DIY Bat Box and why you should hug a bat today

  1. Very cool – thank you! I had no idea bat boxes were a thing, but I love that they eat insets. We need to hang one of these this summer!

  2. I had no idea bats were so useful, and knowing they eat mosquitos make me want to go and build a box for them right now!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  3. I really like eco friendly solutions to problems – like bats eating mosquitoes. So I am pinning and sharing to spread the word. I don’t have a hubby to build a box but will put it on a list of future projects I pay for. Of course, it’s below the roof, work on soffits, etc. Great post!

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