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All of our bat houses are custom crafted to order. Our personal crafter, located in Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina, has over 30 years of experience in crafting and installing fully functioning bat houses. Our larger bat house models are crafted to standards recommended by the experts at the Bat Conservation International. We do our best to get them out in 4 to 6 business days, which allows time for the caulk to cure on the roof and chambers before shipment.

Model #2N: Two Chambers- 75 bats  $54.95 + S&H

Model #2A: Two Chambers- 75 bats  $59.95 + S&H

Model #2M: Two Chambers- 150 bats  $119.95 + S&H 

  
 
    

 

 

 

 

Model #4: Three chambers - 250 bats with landing Mesh $189.95 + S&H 

Model #3: Three chambers - 250 bats $169.9+ S&H  

 
 
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These attractively wood-burned bat houses are designed with vertical roosting chambers for utmost acceptance by the bats. These houses are built rock solid for years of enjoyment.  A Excellent Gift or addition to your own property! 

The bat houses are more effective when hung in pairs. Allows for a larger colony to be established. If the insect population on the property is moderate, two houses should suffice. If insect population is very dense I recommend using four homes placed at least two acres apart.

Bats are some the most misunderstood creatures on the planet. However they are also among the most necessary and beneficial creatures on the planet. Superstition and folklore about bats has resulted in destruction of these creatures and their habitats due to fear. Bats are very important to our planet's ecosystem as plant pollinators and insect predators.

Bats are important in nature, and terribly gothic. If you want to increase the bat population around your house, there are two basic things you can do:

1.Grow plants which attract night-flying insects and

2.Provide roosting areas for bats.

Bats can consume up to 500 insects an hour, including mosquitoes (although mosquitoes make up only about 10% of their diet).

The health hazard to humans is small, since very few bats actually carry rabies. Only ten people in thirty years have gotten rabies from a bat bite.

The main hazard comes from bats roosting inside the house, which can be a source of histoplasmosis. However, in the wild, bat populations are declining, and natural roosting areas are being destroyed

Important things to remember:

Hang the house 12-15 feet above ground in an area where it gets morning sun, but is in shade during the afternoon, and is relatively protected from the wind. The house also needs to be placed about 20 feet from the nearest tree... this is apparently to reduce their chances of getting hit by lightning. Place the bat house near a water source, or provide one nearby-- and make sure it's protected from cats.

Don't be discouraged if you don't attract bats right away....sometimes it takes quite a bit of time before a bat population will establish itself in an area, but once they do, they usually return. 

BATS IN THEIR HOME:

Bats are a migrating species, but remain in some warmer states year round. Bats may occupy your bat house within 1 to 7 months after box placement, however additional time is often required to secure a full house of bats. If you check your house each two to three weeks and do not notice any occupancy, move the house to a new location during the beginning of the next summer, early as March. This will allow the next migrating group to find your box within the best time frame. Check for occupancy by shining a strong flashlight up inside the nesting area.

Sun Exposure

Houses where high temperatures in July average 80 F, or less, should receive at least 10 hours of sun; more is better. At least six hours of direct daily sun are recommended for all bat houses where daily high temperatures in July average less than 100 F.

Habitat

Most nursery colonies of bats choose roosts within 1/4 mile of water, preferably a stream, river, or lake. Greatest bat house success has been achieved in areas of diverse habitat, especially where there is a mixture of differing agricultural use and natural vegetation. Bat houses are most likely to succeed in regions where bats are already attempting to live in buildings.

Mounting

Bats find houses mounted on poles or buildings more than twice as fast as on trees, which are also less preferred. Houses mounted on metal siding have not been used. Wood or stone buildings with proper solar exposure are ideal, and locations under the eaves often have been successful. Mounting two bat houses back to back, 3/4 inch apart on poles, both covered by a tin roof, helps protect from overheating in hot climates. All bat houses should be mounted at least 10 feet above ground; 15-20 feet is better. Bat houses should not be lit by bright lights.

Protection from Predators

Houses mounted on sides of buildings or high up on poles provide the best protection from predators. This may be a key factor in determining bat choice. Locations at least 16-25 feet from the nearest tree are best. However, houses may be found more quickly if located along forest or water edges where bats tend to fly.

Avoiding Uninvited Guests

Open-bottom houses greatly reduce problems with birds, mice, squirrels, or parasites, and guano does not accumulate inside.

FAQ's

Is it safe to put up bat houses? Statistically, it's safer than owning a dog or planting flowers. Flowers attract bees whose stings account for far more human fatality than bats. Just banning bicycles or swimming pools would be hundreds of times more effective in saving lives, but how safe do we really want to be?

Which kinds of bats are attracted to bat houses, and what are the risks and benefits? In the northern United States and Canada, little brown and big brown bats are the most frequent bat house users, and their safety records speak for themselves. In southern areas, the two most frequent bat house users are twilight bats (Nycticeius humeral is) and Mexican free-tailed bats. The twilight bat has a perfect safety record, and even free-tailed bats are far safer than having dogs in a neighborhood. Children should be warned to leave bats alone, just as they learn to leave bees and unfamiliar dogs alone.

Bats that live in our yards, in addition to eating pests, serve as natural insect repellents. Many yard pests, especially moths that attack gardens, lawns, and shrubs, can hear bats from over 100 feet away and attempt to avoid them by leaving the area.

Should bats be tolerated or encouraged in our neighborhoods?

There are clear benefits to sharing our neighborhoods with bats, but as with any wild animal, they never should be tolerated in our living quarters. Most bats that enter living areas are lost youngsters with no greater interest than a safe escape. They can be chased out through an open door or window or caught in a butterfly net, a leather gloved hand, or a coffee can slowly placed over them while a piece of cardboard is slid between the bat and wall. Rabies testing is expensive and unnecessary unless a possible rabies exposure has occurred.

In the vast majority of cases, exclusion of bats from human living quarters is simple, inexpensive, and can be accomplished by the homeowner with minimal instruction. Exclusion of bats from an entire building is also feasible in most cases, though professional advice may be needed. More than 80% of bat colonies living in buildings go undetected by human occupants, but large colonies can cause odor or noise problems that justify exclusion. Some people simply exclude bats from entering living quarters while permitting them to remain in outer walls or in unused attics.

When bats must be entirely excluded from a building, providing an adequate-sized bat house nearby can resolve a nuisance without sending it to a neighbor. Without such an alternative, evicted bats will attempt to move into a neighbor's home, or sicken and die, increasing the probability of being picked up by children or pets.

How can human living quarters be protected against bat entry?

Most bats that wander into human living quarters enter through a loose-fitting door to the outside or an attic, an open window, an unscreened chimney, or a gap in an outside wall. They must have spaces at least 3/4-inch in diameter or 3/8 by 7/8 of an inch to enter. A room by room search will quickly reveal such possible entry points. Holes or crevices are easily plugged with steel wool or taped over. Chimneys can be covered with half-inch hardware cloth screening, and loose fitting doors may be fitted with draft guards. Unlike rodents, bats do not chew holes, so are easily excluded. Even when bat colonies cannot be excluded from structurally deficient walls or attics, they can be kept out of human living areas.

Are there risks of people overreacting to news of rabies in bats?

The incidents of a bat having rabies is no greater than any other wildlife.

Rabies incidents involving bats are often distorted during media reporting. When risks are not kept in perspective, panicked people overreact in ways that increase rather than decrease the risk of rabies. Attempts to poison or exclude bats from buildings by inappropriate methods can dramatically increase human contact, as sick or homeless bats scatter to exposed positions throughout an entire neighborhood.

Efforts to kill or evict bats invariably center on colonial species. Silver-haired bats, in undisturbed habitats, closely resemble big and little brown bats in both roosting and feeding behavior. In urban settings, silver-haired bats are apparently less able to compete with the more colonial species and are thus scarce. When frightened humans declare war on bats, they may actually help silver-haired bats by reducing their primary competitors.

The public needs to recognize the inescapability and desirability of coexisting with bats, as well as how to minimize contact and associated risks. Collaboration between bat researchers and conservationists and public health and animal control officials is essential to progress.

 
  

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