Lone Star Woodcraft

ABOUT LONE STAR WOODCRAFT BAT HOUSES


Lone Star Woodcraft Bat Houses were designed based on the results of more than ten years of research and meets and exceeds all the criteria as outlined by Bat Conservation International’s bat house certification program. The interior surfaces and landing platforms are made of rough cut cedar which makes it easy for bats to cling when roosting and landing. The ventilation gap in the front of the houses, in conjunction with the attic space, serves to maintain proper temperature and helps with air circulation. The roof is slanted forward at 30 degrees for better rain run-off. These bat houses weather beautifully as they are made of weather-resistant Western Red Cedar. All bat houses come with a mounting instruction card detailing position, direction, height etc. as established by BCI.

No pressure treated wood or plywood is used because they don’t stand up to the environment, and because of the problems that may be associated with chemicals used to treat the wood. Lone Star Woodcraft uses rough cut Western Red Cedar for the qualities it possesses: extreme rot resistance, insect resistance, lighter in weight than pine or plywood for easier mounting, very stable when exposed to the environment, and it comes rough cut from the mill. Western Red Cedar qualities mean low to no maintenance.

The houses are fully caulked and offer a longer design which is a key factor in occupancy. 3/4″ chamber(s) give protection from predators, and deters wasp and hornets which prefer 1 1/2″ chambers. The chamber(s) are also constructed with rough cut cedar which provide great grasping points for bats. Proper bat house design is a very important factor in occupancy. This design has been proven to have a greater than 80% occupancy rate. Triple-celled bat houses tend to work quicker and for longer periods (i.e. throughout spring, summer, and fall). Comes with mounting instructions/screws. Hand made in the USA.


please Email with anyquestions or custom orders:
sales@lonestarwoodcraft.com
Garden Ridge, Texas (just off Bat Cave Rd)
Phone: (210) 885-0811


General Bat House Information


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Common Questions and answers About Bat Houses

Where should I hang my bat house?

The most successful bat houses are those mounted on a building or a chimney at a height of 15 feet or more. For most of the continental USA, the houses should be placed facing to the southwest. However, the southern states have proved that other directions can be successful also. The house should face a clearing and be located away from branches or power lines. Bat houses with ventilation slots on the side should be mounted so the slots will not be obstructed by the eaves of the building. Bat houses can also be mounted on poles, but are not as successful as those mounted on buildings. Bat houses mounted on trees are the least successful because bats that naturally roost in trees are solitary and roost openly on branches (colonial, socialistic, crevice-dwelling species use bat houses).


How can I attract bats to my bat house?

There is no known substance or plant that attracts bats or increases the chances of bat house occupation. However, bat houses that are mounted within 1/4 mile of a body of water (e.g. creek, pond or lake) are more quickly inhabited than those that are not. Also, houses that are located in areas where colonies of bats already exist in buildings or caves are more likely to be occupied.


Can bats be purchased or relocated to my bat house?

It is illegal to buy or sell bats, in part because over 56% of bat species in the US are
endangered or official candidates for listing with the United States Fish and Wildlife Department. Bats cannot be relocated and introduced into a bat house because they are highly territorial and will simply attempt to fly back to where they came from.


Will a bat house interfere with my bird house?

No, birds and bats do not compete for food or space.


Can a bat house on my home be dangerous?

Although bats rarely contract rabies, those that are found on the ground are more likely to be sick (or injured) and may bite in self-defense when handled. Consequently, children should be taught to never handle bats and pets should be vaccinated against rabies. If a bat is found grounded do not handle it with bare hands. Use leather gloves or a thick cloth to gently gather up the bat. Place the bat into a ventilated box, put the lid on and call a wildlife rehabilitator or organization for help. Keep the box in an area away from children or pets until help arrives. If the bat has already been handled without gloves or has had (or is suspected of having) contact with children or pets, please call your health department as well as animal control. Bat droppings (guano) pose no more of a health threat than the droppings from birds or other mammals. Be careful not to place plants directly under your bat house as guano is a very potent fertilizer and is likely to ‘burn’ plants receiving a large amount!


Will a bat house attract bats to live in my home?

If bats were attracted to your home they would probably already be roosting there.


I already have a bat house and have had no luck, what’s wrong?

It is not uncommon for a bat house to go unoccupied for months or even years, although the average time for first occupancy is 6 to 12 months. If you feel that the timeline has become excessive, it could be due to the house not being mounted in a good location, direction, height or it may even be a poor design. Be wary of bat houses that seem small, offer no ventilation or do not have screened/grooved surfaces giving proper foot holds (roughed wood alone is not an adequate surface). If you have already purchased a bat house that you suspect is a poor design, try modifying the house by adding the above recommendations.


How can I tell if bats have found my bat house?

Colonial bats are often noisy throughout the day as they change roost mates or compete for a favored spot in a roost. Another indication that bats are occupying your bat house is evidence of bat droppings on the landing platform or on the ground beneath the bat house.


How can I tell if bats have found my bat house?

Colonial bats are often noisy throughout the day as they change roost mates or compete for a favored spot in a roost. Another indication that bats are occupying your bat house is evidence of bat droppings on the landing platform or on the ground beneath the bat house.


Instructions for Mounting a Bat House


LOCATION and PLACEMENT:

For best results in gaining occupants for your bat house, choose an area that is 60 feet or more from trees and within ¼ mile of a body of water such as creek, pond or lake.

When choosing a direction to face the house (in the continental U.S.) results show that southwest facing houses do better than those facing other directions.

The higher you place your house the better. Preferably 15 to 25 feet.



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