The bat box should be:
Erected at least 10 feet off the
Placed in an open area where it
gets at east 7 hours of direct sun.
Placed within ¼ mile of water
Within 10—30 yards of cover
(bats are vulnerable to predation when exiting)
Located in good foraging habitat
containing forests, clearings, and wetlands with
abundant insect activity.
If an existing bat roost is
nearby, bats may or may not use the box, but they will be aware of box
anything happen to the existing roost.
The bat box should not
Erected in a shaded location,
unless trying to attract intermittent use by several
bachelor or non-breeding females.
Located over bright substrate,
which will reflect light up into box.
Placed near burn barrels where
smoke will disturb bats.
Erected where the box is prone
Erected directly over
highways. Bats swarm the roasts during the dawn return and
are vulnerable to automobile traffic.
Placed in brightly lighted