Best Bat Houses:
The Best Bat House Kit
Bat houses are very popular with birders. They provide shelter from the cold weather, and they also protect your birds from predators such as owls, hawks and other flying creatures. There are several types of bat houses available today, but there is one type that is most preferred by many birders – the “shark tank” style.
Sharks are known to be extremely intelligent animals. They have been observed to use tools, communicate complex messages and even imitate human speech. Some species of sharks can survive out at sea for long periods of time without food or water! So it’s no wonder why some bat houses are equipped with special features designed to keep the bats safe from predators while they sleep.
One of the most common bat houses is called a “shark tank”. These tanks are made up of plastic tubing with openings large enough for bats to enter and exit. A mesh screen separates them from the outside world so that nothing can get into or out of the cage. The idea behind these kinds of shelters is that bats will stay inside their homes during winter months when they would otherwise spend all day outside.
The bats are free to come and go as they please, but predators like hawks and owls won’t be able to fit through the small openings.
This bat house is also beneficial to humans because it allows us to interact with these amazing animals. These are very beneficial creatures that eat large amounts of mosquitoes and other insects every night. You can use them in your yard to help keep the amount of bugs down around your home or garden.
Sources & references used in this article:
Well-placed bat houses can attract bats to Central Valley farms by R Long, W Kiser, S Kiser – California Agriculture, 2006 – calag.ucanr.edu
The bat house builder’s handbook by MD Tuttle, M Kiser, S Kiser – 2005 – books.google.com
Two environmental factors that influence usage of bat houses in managed forests of southwest Oregon by CP Dillingham, SP Cross, PW Dillingham – Northwestern Naturalist, 2003 – JSTOR
Factors affecting bat house occupancy in Colorado by EP White – The Southwestern Naturalist, 2004 – JSTOR
The use of bat houses as day roosts in macadamia orchards, South Africa by SM Weier, VMG Linden, I Grass, T Tscharntke… – PeerJ, 2019 – peerj.com
Molecular analysis of guano from bats in bat houses on organic pecan orchards by VA Brown – 2010 – trace.tennessee.edu
Mosquitoes and mosquito repellents: a clinician’s guide by MS Fradin – Annals of internal medicine, 1998 – acpjournals.org
Update from the bat box project in Brisbane: A modified bat box design for Australian microbats by DE Gelfand – 1997 – Storey Publishing