Bat Box & Bat Houses
Bat boxes and bat houses are something that's been fairly unheard of until quite recently. The reason that they've become a lot more popular is that people have generally become a little more accepting of bats in the UK, so they've wanted to offer comfy homes to the only mammal in the world that can fly.
Our bat boxes and bat houses are among the best in the industry. We've made sure to specially select the perfect ingredients, from untreated wood to animal-safe waterproofing, that will allow bat roosts to easily find a home near you.
The best way to encourage bats, and any other animal, into your home or a nearby location, is to make sure that there is a great habitat for them.
If you purchase one of our range of bat boxes, that's precisely what you're getting - a home for a bat that will be safe, warm, and dry for a long time indeed.
To be sure that you attract different species of bat, from the alcathoe bat to the common bat, you might consider a few different options across our range.
We've made sure to include several boxes of different sizes and shapes to be sure that you can offer a clear flight path and a simple, protected home for roosts near you.
We're going to speak a little about the details involved in ensuring that bat boxes near you are right for your home, and then we'd suggest you browse our range to find the right option for you.
A bat box is a simple thing, not dissimilar to a bird box. The only real difference between a bat box and a bird box is the final place that you might install the box itself - we'll get to that a little later.
At the most basic level, a wood house for these flighted creatures is a simple thing. All it needs to have is four walls and a roof to prevent the small creature from the cold, the rain, and the wildlife. This could mean that it is several feet long and wide, or much smaller - it all depends upon the species of bat that you're catering to.
In a general sense, you'll find that the average bat box has a footprint of around eighteen inches by eighteen inches. This is enough room for bats to sit comfortably, while also being enclosed enough that they don't feel exposed.
The only hole in a bat or bird box will be the entrance into the box. Any other holes, such as gaps between pieces of wood or similar wear-and-tear faults, should be totally avoided. This will lead to a bat box that feels inherently more unsafe than other options for a bat.
The simplest way to make your bat box appeal to bats is simply to offer the home that they're looking for. Like birds, bats will routinely look for a new home, hoping to find a spot that's safe, warm, and dry to raise their young and go hunting.
To that end, you need to ensure that your box is well-maintained. A bat box should be sturdy and in good repair at all times, with a good grip being available on any perches, and being situated out of the way of any loud, dirty buildings.
Is a bat box a good idea?
If you've got some bats in your garden, or you'd like to have bats in your garden, then a bat box is a great idea! Bat boxes can be placed in roof spaces, trees, or even on the ground. The overall installation of a good bat box is quite simple - if the bat can find it and is happy with it, you'll likely find a bat using it very quickly.
The only time that we might not suggest a bat box would be if you've got a lot of dogs or cats on your property. While it's not likely that your pet could catch a bat in your garden, it's certainly not impossible. Aside from the obvious emotional upset at finding a dead bat, wildlife is likely to make your pet quite sick.
Where should a bat box be placed?
A bat box can be placed anywhere that you might like to place it. Bats will be capable of finding a bat box in a number of locations, though you can do a number of things to increase the odds.
Place a bat box along tree lines or a similar flight line. This could be near the top of a house, hung on a long, flat wall, or simply near a pre-existing roost. This will ensure that the bat will fly past the bat box that you've set up for it, increasing the chances that it will find it, and be tempted into living there.
To further ensure that you've got a bat box in the right place, putting a camera within eh wildlife world will ensure that you can watch the flight path of bats. Placing a bat box on the flight path within the wildlife world that your camera shows you will help you ensure that the bat finds its home.
Do bat houses attract bats?
Yes, bat boxes do encourage bats. Many different species of bats find themselves flying to and fro, seeking out different boxes and nests that they would be able to use to be safe from wildlife. To ensure that wildlife doesn't get them, they may change bat boxes during the nesting season, or they may stay in one box for a whole nesting season.
Another great way to bring bats to your home is to ensure that you affect the wildlife world near you. For example, you could encourage insects near you to allow a stronger food source for the bats, especially near boxes, or the tree that you might put the boxes in.
You could even deliberately leave dried mealworms near a roost or the bat boxes that you position in your home - that will surely lead bats toward the box that you spent time putting up in the wildlife world for them.
What time of year should you put up a bat house?
Putting up wood bat boxes, or any type of bat house, depending upon the wildlife that you're dealing with - you need to be sure not to place bat boxes within the direct sun, and that they aren't directly facing the oncoming wind, as that could impact native wildlife and bats ability to fly.
If you're considering using a tree for your bat box, you might consider how wildlife within the tree will be affected by the box. For example, insects and fungi are typically at their peak activity during autumn, which is when fungus flower. This could have a negative impact on the wood of a good bat box when you're looking to help wildlife overall.