Bat Houses from Single to Multi-Chamber Shelters
Add a bat house to control insect populations naturally. In cypress, cedar or recycled plastic, bat houses entice and provide roosting spots for these beneficial fliers. Find single chamber bat shelters to host a few visitors, or large bat houses for whole colonies!
Beneficial Bats and Housing
Several bat species will use man-made shelters. Essential to the ecosystem, they're seed spreaders and major pollinators who consume thousands of insects nightly.
Shelters should be mounted to a tree, pole or structure at least 10 feet, preferably 15 to 20 feet above ground. If mounting to a tree, be sure the house is clear of branches, as they will hinder flight. A South or Southeast exposure is best, allowing the house to receive full sun. If there's more than one bat house, best to face the second in a different direction to allow for varying temperatures, a key factor for occupancy.
Available in a range of sizes, the shelters are made to accommodate different groups, and most are in accordance with Organization for Bat Conservation. Single chamber bat houses usually host smaller groups of males (15-20), while triple-chamber and larger models house whole colonies (300-600 bats) including offspring.
In the Northeast US, there is a serious fungus afflicting several bats populations, and scientists fear it could wipe out an entire species. White Nose Syndrome is now spreading rapidly across the United States, and wreaking havoc on whole colonies, thousands of bats at a time. Watch this informative video to learn more.