Volume 11
Issue 1

This bat house in central Texas is built to meet the demands of a hot climate. It is within a hundred yards of a large water source, and the house is positioned 18 feet up on poles, where it is safe from climbing predators and is high enough to attract Mexican freetailed bats, which found it in the first season. The house is painted white to reflect heat and shaded by a tin roof with overhanging eaves, protecting it from the sun’s hottest rays. This large house is 30 inches high, 48 inches long, and 12 inches wide, with roosting chambers running lengthwise at 3/4 of an inch wide and 22 inches tall. Plans to build this house are available from BCI.
Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle