I have a large shed and is discovered by bats on occasion. I’m thinking on getting one of your bat houses because I don’t want them gone. I just want them off my shed. How do I get them to stop landing in my shed and start landing in the bat house?
Also, should the bat house be placed under the overhang?
Should it be in the shade?
As described in our BAT CONTROL ARTICLE, trying to get bats to move from one roost location to another close can be tricky. But based on where they’re active right now, I think you’ll be able to have some success if you employ some of the BAT NETTING or BAT SCREENING featured in our article. Before you set out either, you’ll need to install one of our BAT HOUSES if you want to keep them around so here’s how to proceed.
You will need to get the Bat House installed first and ideally this would actually be on the shed and in direct sunlight. Our BAT HOUSE PLACEMENT GUIDE talks about all the fine details needed to insure you get good bat house results and no doubt direct sunlight is generally preferred over the shade.
Once in place, you should then employ one of the screening options mentioned above. If done right, you should be able to force the bats off the shed and direct them to the bat house. One other thing; be sure to smear at least one interior side of the newly installed bat house with some of the guano you no doubt have laying around. Bat droppings contain valuable scents and odors used to identify colonies. By scenting the house with their odors, they’ll more readily move in.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Bat Control Article: http://www.bugspray.com/articles98/bats.html
Bat Screening: http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page212.html
Bat Houses: http://www.bugspray.com/#bat%20houses
Bat House Placement: http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/bats/bat7.html