Museum, University of Nebraska State


Date of this Version

April 1991


Published in NEBRASKAland 69:3 (April 1991), pp. 6-7. Copyright © 1991 Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.


Recently, and for good reason, interest in bat houses has increased. But bats and bat houses are fundamentally different from birds and bird houses. Birds are active in the day, and bats are active at night. Unlike bird houses, where it is easy to see the birds and any problems that arise from the placement of the house, bat houses may be more sensitive to environmental conditions, and problems more difficult to diagnose. Probably most important for the success of a bat house is the daily temperature regime. The physical factors that affect temperature are the size of the house, its shape, insulation and placement. Also important are the size and shape of the internal spaces for roosting (not nesting), the roughness of the surfaces bats cling to and climb around on, and the distance to drinking and feeding areas

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