Increasing in popularity as a better option for natural insect control, bat houses have come a long way in the past few years. Because installation may be on a structure; your house or an out building on the property, as well as a tree or pole, they may remain in full view. Thus some newer styles are more detailed with an aesthetic that encourages folks to utilize them. By quitting the pesticides, your yard will see more birds, butterflies, and more flowers, and a healthier environment all the way around!
This Victorian style bat house is handcrafted in the USA of solid cypress. The shingled roof and slat-front detail are really just for us humans, while the double chamber living quarters with landing pad is attractive to bats. Expect a double-chamber model to house about 100 bats. Cypress offers a stable environment for bats by keeping ambient temperatures level or constant.
A single chamber bat house offers roosting for about twenty or so bats. This is a good way to get started to lure the beneficial furry friends to your place. This vintage style home offers a very cool design element not found with the “standard box” models. Again, handcrafted in solid cypress, it proves to be durable for many years of use.
Either of these fine bat houses would make a unique addition to the landscape. If you happen to be near a pond or creek, chances are favorable at luring occupants. For more information on bats and their benefits, visit OBC, the Organization for Bat Conservation.
A most interesting phone call came in the other day, concerning natural insect control. While the person was explaining the yard set-up and pond, you could tell they had researched and done their homework. It was really a pleasure to hear someone first-hand, on their admirable endeavor of natural pest control.
Not only serving their own agenda, the two bat houses ordered were beauties. Shown here, it’s The Colony Bat House, complete with a triple chamber that will house a whole colony of bats and their offspring. Lots of little brown bats may be calling this roost home very soon!
One birdhouse, and one purple martin house, in hopes of enticing these avid insect-eaters, were also added to their order, making the yard a very wildlife-friendly habitat. The pond is already there, serving as a water source. Mature trees and shrubs line the yard offering protection from predators and the elements. Numerous native plants adorn the area as well, providing food sources for feathered and furry friends. So, with food, water and shelter readily available, local wildlife should this yard very inviting. Can’t wait to see pictures of the new bat houses too!
Adding a bat house for shelter to tiny brown bats is a wisely ecological choice. The bats have earned a bad rap as the winged symbol of Halloween, blood and vampires…This is the biggest misconception, as bats can be man’s best friend during the buggy, summer months.
Bats pollinate fruit as well as taking care of pesky insects that make our lives miserable during summer. They’re able to wipe out thousands of blood-sucking mosquitoes in one night’s feeding. Farmers have known the advantages to keeping bat populations, in order to keep crops bug-free.
So next time you reach for an insecticide to rid the yard of unwanted pests, think about installing a bat house instead!