One of the greatest threats to bats is the loss of roosts. Millions have lost their homes when old-growth forests were cut, when stags were removed, or when caves were disturbed. In some states, the largest remaining colonies are in bat houses, buildings, or bridge crevices. In Florida, the majority of remaining Brazilian free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) now live in bat houses. In fact, the critically endangered Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus) is now almost entirely dependent on bat houses. Learn more in the Bat Education Zone.
Millions of bats are dying of an introduced fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, which is fatal to bats, and careless use of wind turbines is killing millions more needlessly. By simply not spinning the blades at low wind speeds at night when bats are migrating, kill rates could be reduced by as much as 90% with minimal loss of power production. However, even before these threats appeared, two of America’s formerly most abundant species had become endangered (Indiana and gray bats) through roost loss alone. Millions have died in the past decade in the U.S. alone, but since they’ve traditionally been unpopular, and neglected by conservationists, status trends often have gone undocumented. Learn more in the Bat Education Zone.
Absolutely! Agricultural research reports often highlight bat populations as an important component of natural pest control for farmers. In fact, bats save the US agricultural industry over $20 Bn in crop damage each year. We offer special bulk discounts for farmers and other businesses--such as golf courses, city centers, state parks, hotels, and even local municipalities--that would like to deploy multiple BatBnB units around their property. We also see a use case for hotel chains and even local municipalities to minimize mosquito populations in a stylish and non-invasive way. If you are interested in a bulk order of BatBnBs, get in touch.
Many major cities and parks have significant budgets set aside for both environmental conservation and mosquito mitigation in order to protect their citizens (both human and animal). They often spend a great deal on harmful pesticides, because there just aren’t great alternatives. For example, the New Orleans Mosquito and Pest Control group had a 2.3M budget in 2017, Sacramento spent over $2M in mosquito prevention programming in 2017, and Miami-Dade County Mayor had a budget for mosquito control of over $10 million. Bats are a perfect fit for supporting conservation goals while also reducing mosquito populations.
We don’t currently offer plans for building BatBnBs because of the complexity of the design and machinery required for building. We do, however, hope to eventually provide some DIY bat house designs for our community to download.
Bat house roosting bats live everywhere in the United States except Hawaii. Hawaiian hoary bats roost only in tree foliage. It should work nearly anywhere else if properly mounted. In arid areas where daytime temperatures drop by more than 20 degrees at night, bat houses are less likely to succeed unless mounted on buildings which act as stabilizing heat sinks. Additionally, in cold climates they should be painted dark colors and placed to receive as much direct sun as possible. See our painting guide for more information.
We use Western Red Cedar and stainless steel hardware. Western Red Cedar is naturally rot and bug resistant and it’s also an absolutely beautiful wood. We also apply a coat of exterior grade tinted stain and sealer for an added layer of protection. Stainless Steel hardware is great for outdoor use and is corrosion resistant in acid wood. It also looks great. We also use a clear residential grade silicone to seal all seams in the wood.
Yes, you can. In fact, experts have shown that painting a bat house can increase occupancy rates by as much as 50%. Bat houses in warmer areas, such as the southern United States, may benefit from light colored paint, while colder areas, such as the northern U. S. and Canada, may benefit from a darker color to help absorb more warmth from the sun. Check out painting recommendations page for more information.
There’s no set formula for number of bat houses to acres. About 20% of BatBnB customers actually purchase two or more BatBnBs for their property because having more than one BatBnB actually increases occupation rates. The reason is fascinating. Without bat houses around, bats look to live in the crevice formed between the peeling bark on a dying tree, which is actually the environment that a BatBnB biomimics. Now if you are a mother bat with a pup and your preferred real estate is peeling bark, your number one concern is what to do if that bark peels off, leaving you and your pup exposed to predators. That’s why bats are actually smart enough to scout a location for multiple real estate options before they decide to settle there in the Spring. So therefore, with multiple BatBnBs, you’re more likely to attract more bats faster.
A BatBnB is a comfortable, safe, and stylish home for bats. By putting one up in your yard, you’ll offer a habitat for an animal in need, while also leveraging their pest eating abilities to significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes and garden pests in your area. You’ll also do your part in educating friends and neighbors as to the value bats bring to the eco-system, and how silly it is to be afraid of these great little guys.
Yes. Out of the box, all BatBnBs come assembled and only require that they be mounted.
Pup catchers are little nets that you can put below a bat house just in case a pup (baby bat) loses its grip and tumbles out. According to our expert partner, Merlin Tuttle, pup catchers are only necessary for bat houses that aren’t built correctly, which unfortunately is many that are sold on the market. BatBnBs are made with proper machine cut grooves for excellent gripping, so the pups shouldn’t fall out. The other downside of installing a pup catcher is that it can serve as a perch for predators. So as long as you have a BatBnB and not a lower quality bat house, your pups should be safe and sound!
A BatBnB is a comfortable, safe, and stylish home for bats. By putting one up in your yard, you’ll offer a habitat for an animal in need, while also leveraging their pest eating abilities to significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes and garden pests in your area. You’ll also do your part in educating friends and neighbors as to the value bats bring to the eco-system, and how silly it is to be afraid of these great little guys. BatBnB has quickly become the gold standard of bat houses in the market, most noticeably with an endorsement by Merlin Tuttle who is the undisputed authority on all things bats. BatBnB has also been featured on Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and CBS’s Emmy award winning series, Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca.