How can I build a bat box?



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    Good question! Bats are good for the environment. In many ecosystems, they play a key role in pollinating plants, there are over 1,000 species of bats in the world and some bats use echolocation or high pitch chirps which bounce off objects in front of them, to find their way in the dark. 

    First you need to find a location with lots of sun, at least 15 feet off the ground, and have a water source nearby.You need:

    • 1/4 sheet ( 2′ x 4′ ) 1/2″ AC, BC, or T1-11 (outdoor grade) plywood. DO NOT use pressure treated wood.
    • One piece 1″ x 2″ (3/4″ x 1 1/2″ finished) x 8′ pine
    • 20-30 1 1/4″ coated deck or exterior-grade Phillips screws
    • One pint dark, water-based stain, exterior-grade
    • One pint water-based primer, exterior-grade
    • One quart flat water-based paint or stain, exterior-grade
    • One tube paintable latex caulk
    • 1″ x 3″ x 28″ board for roof (optional, but highly recommended)
    • Black asphalt shingles or galvanized metal (optional)
    • 6-10 7/8″ roofing nails (optional)

    Tools you can use: 

    • Table saw or handsaw
    • Caulking gun
    • Variable speed reversing drill
    • Paintbrushes
    • Phillips bit for drill
    • Tape measure or yardstick
    • Scissors (optional)
    • Staple gun (optional)

    hope this helps! 

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