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 pollinating mammals. Find single chamber bat shelters to host a few visitors, or decorative and bigger bat houses for whole colonies of these flying friends!
Beneficial Bats and Housing
Many species will use a bat shelter, including; little and big brown bats, long-eared and free-tailed bats, and the Indiana bat.
Shelters should be mounted at least 10 feet, preferably 15 to 20 feet above ground, to a tree, pole or structure. If mounting to a tree, be sure the house is clear of branches, as they will hinder a bat's flight. A South or Southeast exposure is best, allowing the house to receive full sun. If there is more than one bat house, face the second in a different direction to allow for varying temperatures, this is a key factor in whether or not bats will occupy houses.
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 the triple-chamber and larger models house whole colonies (300-600) including offspring.
In the Northeast US, there is a serious fungus afflicting several bats species, 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 a great video and learn more on this subject here.
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