20 Colony Bat House
Bats need a home, too! These single-chamber bat houses hold up to 20 bats, look great, and are easy to clean! Amish-made from eco-friendly recycled plastic, these houses will withstand harsh weather.
Made from polywood, a recycled milk jug product with stainless steel fasteners.
Size: 16" wide x 2.5" deep x 16.5" high
Made in the USA!
Attach using the pre-drilled mounting holes. Single-chambered houses should be mounted on wooden or masonry buildings, which helps to buffer temperature fluctuations. They should not be mounted on trees for three reasons per Bat Conservation International:
- They receive less sun among the branches
- Bat tenants are more vulnerable to predators
- Obstructions in the form of branches and surrounding vegetation make it more difficult for bats to drop into flight.
Mount your bat house under the eaves on wood or stone buildings where they are still exposed to the sun, to protect them from rain and predators. Bat houses should be mounted in an area that gets 6-8 hours of direct sunlight (facing either East or South). To the extent possible, locate all houses 20 to 30 feet from tree branches or other flight obstacles and 12 to 20 feet above the ground (or above the tallest vegetation beneath the bat house).
Try to locate your bat house nearest your area’s largest water source and adjacent to the most diverse or natural vegetation. Best locations are along streams, rivers, lakes, or forests, because these are natural bat flyways.
This box has an open bottom to keep guano from accumulating inside. Guano will end up on the ground underneath, so avoid placing bat houses directly above windows, doors, decks, or walkways. Bat urine may stain some finishes. Two-inch or four-inch spacers between the bat house and the wall or a large backboard may reduce guano deposits on the wall. A potted plant or a shallow tray or plant saucer can be placed underneath a bat house to collect bat guano for use as fertilizer in flower beds or gardens. Do not use a bucket or deep container (unless 1⁄4-inch or smaller mesh covers the entire top of the container), as any baby bats that fall from the bat house could become trapped inside.