How to build a bat nest/house

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How to build a bat nest/house

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Build a bats nest in your garden easily with this simple guide. Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. This comes in handy due to the fact that 70 percent of bats live on a diet comprised solely of insects. Because of the bat’s natural ability to keep the insect population down, many homeowners and gardeners welcome these flying mammals into their yards. If you are interested in housing a few bats, building a nest will help attract bats to your property.


Step One

Lay the sheet of plywood on a cutting table. Use the measuring tape to divide the plywood into three pieces. One piece should measure 26.5 inches by 24 inches. Another piece should measure 16.5 inches by 24 inches. The third piece should measure 5 inches by 24 inches. Cut each piece from the sheet of plywood using a table saw.


Step Two

Lay the furring strip on a cutting table. Use the measuring tape to divide the furring strip into three strips. One piece should measure 24 inches; the other two pieces should measure 20 inches. Cut each piece of the furring strip using a table saw.


Step Three

Attach the furring strips together using a drill, a drill bit and screws. Situate the furring strips so that the 24-inch piece is located at the top. Screw a 20-inch furring strip on one end of the 24-inch furring strip so that the two wood pieces are perpendicular. Screw the second 20-inch furring strip to the other end of the 24-inch furring strip so that the two wood pieces are perpendicular. After attaching the furring strips together, the furring strip assembly should resemble a square missing a side. Caulk each furring strip with the caulking gun before screwing each piece together.


Step Four

Attach the plastic mesh to the 26.5-inch-by-24-inch piece of plywood using a stapler. The 26.5-inch-by-24-inch piece of plywood will be the rear of the bat nest. Staple the mesh to the rear of the bat nest so the netting lies flat against the plywood.


Step Five

Attach the furring strip assembly to the 26.5-inch-by-24-inch piece of plywood using a drill, a drill bit and screws. Align the furring strip assembly with the rear of the bat nest so that the 24-inch piece of furring strip aligns with the 24-inch side of the plywood. Caulk the furring strip assembly before attaching it to the plywood.


Step Six

Attach the 16.5-inch-by-24-inch piece of plywood to the furring strip assembly. The 16.5-inch-by-24-inch piece of plywood will be the front of the bat nest. Align the 16.5-inch-by-24-inch piece of plywood so that the 24-inch side of the plywood lines up with the 24-inch piece of the furring strip assembly. Caulk the plywood before attaching it to the furring strip assembly.


Step Seven

Attach the 5-inch-by-24-inch piece of plywood to the lower side of the furring strip assembly just below the 16.5-inch-by-24-inch piece of plywood. Allow half an inch of space between the 5-inch-by-24-inch piece of plywood and the 16-inch-by-24-inch piece of plywood to provide an air vent in the bat nest.


Step Eight

Caulk the outside joints of the bat nest to seal any cracks. Attach a 4-inch-by-28-inch piece of plywood to the top of the bat nest to provide a roof. Paint the bat nest at least twice.


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