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.

Essential to the ecosystem, bats are seed spreaders and pollinators. Consuming thousands of insects nightly, these furry, flying mammals will earn their keep! Proper placement of bat houses ensures the chance of occupancy, nearby water such as lakes, ponds or creeks is an added bonus. Utilize placement so the house provides optimal shelter, and meets the need these furry, flying mammals have for a stable environment-where temperature and humidity are concerned.

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.

Bats do prefer habitat that is near water, such as a creek, stream, lake or river. Another way to entice bats to their new shelter is by adding insects! Simply place a small light or night light nearby to attract mosquitoes and other insects...bats are likely to follow if they are in your area.

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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