Where to get a bat box
If you are able to build a bat house, please see “Bat bouse designs” for bat box plans and instructions. However, in some parts of the Province, you may be able to purchase pre-made bat boxes. If you are purchasing a commercially-made bat box online or from a hardware store, select a large size, multi-chamber house.
Bat boxes should be at least 24”2 tall and 17” wide and have a landing strip of at least 4”. Rocket boxes should be at least 3’ tall and have at least 1’ of linear roost space (meaning that each of the four sides would be at least 3” wide). You can check out our recommendations here.
These are Bat Conservation International design bat boxes. He builds both nursery boxes and rocket boxes. Both can be installed on a post and nursery boxes can be installed on an outbuilding.
The Okanagan Community Bat Program
The Okanagan Community Bat Program may be able to provide pre-made boxes.