What to Know about Painting or Staining Bat Houses
The appropriate shade of color depends upon the
geographic location and the amount of sun exposure the
bat house receives (see below). At least six hours of
direct daily sun are recommended for bat houses where
daily high temperatures in July average less than
100°F. Houses where high temperatures in July average
80°F or less should receive at least 10 hours of sun.
Full, all-day sun is often successful in all but the
hottest climates. Use darker colors for less sun.
Below, we have provided a map of recommended bat house
colors. Due to individual species' preferences,
ambient temperature, amount of sun exposure and other
variables, more than one shade of color may be
suitable for a given location. To the extent feasible,
multiple houses providing different options should be
Our models are unfinished cedar which will darken
naturally over time. In Regions 3 and 4 further
darkening is not required. However, if you live
in regions 3 or 4 and your
Lone Star Bat House
is not receiving 6-8 hours of sunlight per day you may
want to apply a light stain to darken the wood.
Bat Houses require an internal temperature of 80°F
-100°F and darkening will help the bat house absorb
heat from the sun. If you wish, we can
stain your Bat house for an additional $5 and please allow an additional
2-3 days for delivery.
Please specify when you checkout if you would like the
house stained, where the bat house will be installed
(nearest town/city and state), and a color will be
selected for you.
Remember to mount your bat house at least 12 feet
high on a wooden or masonry structure or on a pole,
free from obstacles such as tree branches or power
lines. Mounting your Bat House on a tree is highly
discouraged due to shading, branches hindering
entrance and exit flight, and predators.
Bat House Color
|1) Dark areas: less than 85°F
|2) Medium areas: 85 to 95°F
||dark or medium color
|3) Light areas: 95 to 100°F
|4) Lightest areas: 100°F or greater
||white or light color