Install a Bat House

Although many people hang bat houses on trees, this isn’t a good location to put a bat house. Better locations include on the side of your house under where the eaves come together at a peak or even on a pole. Visit Bat Conservation International’s website to learn more about how to properly install a bat house on your property. Photo credit: Robert Lawton, cc-by-sa 2.5

Bats play an important role in our ecosystem. Between 15 and 20 species of bats are regularly found in the eastern U.S., with a few other species showing up occasionally. All of the bats that live in the eastern U.S. are insectivores which means they eat insects. In other parts of the country and world, bats can be pollinators or can eat other animals such as fish or scorpions.

Many species of bats are endangered, threatened, or species of special concern. Threats to bats include diseases such as white-nose syndrome, habitat destruction, and even things like windfarms. One thing that you can do to help bats is to install a bat house to provide safe roosting habitat.

Bat Conservation International is a non-profit organization focused on bats and bat research. They have done a lot of research on the best places and ways to install bat houses, the best colors to paint bat houses, etc. I encourage you to check out their educational resources on building and locating bat houses to help attract these highly beneficial, nocturnal animals to your property.

This article was part of Shannon’s original Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife blog which evolved into the blog for Backyard Ecology.

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