Backyard Bat Boxes

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My son and his buddy each made a bat box out of a cedar fence board. They learned about rabbits and dadoes. We used Titebond II and 4d galvanized nails to assemble.

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#1 posted 07-14-2019 08:13 PM

Awesome you will have less skeeters, and other flying pests. Awesome he and his buddy got some shop time too.

How did you rough up the inside faces so they can grab on? Long ago A few friends and I made our own bat boxes. We thought we were geniuses by putting chicken wire tight inside. A Dr. at the local nature preserve told us that bats got tetanus at a rate of over 1,000 to 1 versus humans. So he put the Kabosh on soon to be rusty wire in a bat box

In the words of the Rolling Stones

Paint it Black

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 07-14-2019 08:20 PM

Good for the boys. Bat boxes are a great way to reduce the insect population. Mount them up high. At my former place of work we installed a large box (30×24). People told us we were crazy as there are few to any bats the the Florida Keys. They were so wrong. Within a year the box was full and people come out to watch them fly out night after night. Like those wood working skills.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#3 posted 07-14-2019 08:27 PM

Way to go little Buddy you did a GREAT job. Be carful watch those fingers around the sae Etc.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 07-14-2019 11:10 PM

Fantastic, great job on the boxes boys.
Great job.
Anthony (Hong Kong)

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#5 posted 07-15-2019 11:55 AM

Nice job on your project boys. The bats will enjoy their new home I’m sure.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 07-15-2019 03:13 PM

Thanks for the kind words. They had a blast.

StevenN, the boards were rough sawn to begin with and we used a sled on the table saw to make shallow crosscuts on the inside faces.

And just what are the odds of two bat boxes on the same day?

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#7 posted 07-15-2019 04:42 PM

Great idea for a kids project.

I have done the same but you need to let the kids know that it may take a while for the bats to find and use the boxes. I have seen it take over a year in some cases. Best locations are with an open eastern exposure for morning sun to warm the box and some shade in the hot afternoon. They should be about 10 feet off the ground. The top of a gable on a building is good. I also put a bucket under the box to catch the droppings which go into my compost bin….great fertilizer for the garden.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 07-15-2019 10:33 PM

And just what are the odds of two bat boxes on the same day?

- JD77

Yes, I saw that, posted 4 projects before, Very Ironic.

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#9 posted 07-16-2019 06:57 PM

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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