Bat Houses Barre VT

Local resource for bat houses in Barre, VT. Includes detailed information on local garden supply stores that give access to bat house installation, bat roosting space, bat nursery space, bat house poles, and bat chalets, as well as advice and content on bats, bat colonies, and big brown bats.

Green Mountain Transplants Inc
(802) 454-1533
2290 Vt Route 14 N
East Montpelier, VT

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Smallwood Nurseries
(802) 476-3254
677 VT Route 14
Williamstown, VT
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Annuals, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Nurseries - Wholesale, Perennials, Plants, Seed, Shrubs, Trees, Wildflower Seed

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Rt 66 Garden Center & Farm Stand
(802) 728-6222
131 Route 66
Randolph, VT
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Annuals

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Sunshine Acres Nursery & Garden Center
(802) 875-4911
1824 Route 11 East
Chester, VT
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Annuals, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Plants

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Earth Tractor Inc.
(802) 748-6900
PO Box 279
St. Johnsbury, VT

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Wheeler Homestead Supply
(802) 223-0126
2075 Vermont Route 14 South
East Montpelier, VT
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Annuals, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Plants

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Mad River Garden Center
(802) 496-5555
4063 Main Street
Waitsfield, VT
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Groundcovers, Perennials, Plants, Shrubs, Trees

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Boulevard Gardens
(802) 479-0029
97 Route 302
Barre, VT

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Walker Farms
(802) 254-2476
1190 Us Route 5
E Dummerston, VT
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Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Perennials, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees

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Four Seasons Garden Center
(802) 658-2433
472 Marshall Avenue
Williston, VT
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Annuals, Aquatics, Arrangement Accessories, Artisan Crafts, Baskets & Wicker Containers, Bird Baths, Bird Houses / Nest Boxes, Bonsai, Bulbs, Cactus / Succulent, Carts/Dollies, Cedar Mulch, Ceramic, Terra Cotta & Stone Containers, Chemicals, Cocoa-shell Mulch, Collectables & Figurines, Colored Mulch, Compost, Compost Tea, Composting, Composting Supplies, Conifers / Evergreens, Consulting Services, Container Plants, Containers, Containers - Decorative, Crop Protection, Decorative Planters & Ur…

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Bat House | Build a bat house for your backyard

Build a bat house for your backyard

While many people consider bats pesky, dangerous and even frightening, the truth is that they do a great service for people seeking to protect gardens and crops. Flying insects that are active at night – moths, mosquitoes, beetles, etc. – can wreak havoc on crops, gorging on them after the sun goes down. Bats are these insects' primary predator, and one bat eats hundreds of these flying nuisances per hour. Just imagine what an entire colony of bats could do to protect your crops and gardens!

Enter the concept of the bat house, an effective weapon in insect protection .

Practical Considerations for Bat House Designs

You won't be able to attract bats to roost in your bat house unless you understand how they think and behave. These tips can help guide the design and placement of your bat house so that you can slant the odds in your favor:

  • Bats prefer warm environments; bat houses will retain their heat at night if they're exposed to at least 10 hours of direct sunlight during the day.
  • Don't include trees in your bat house building plans. Tree-mounted houses are hard for bats to find, and make it easy for predators to attack them if they do find it.
  • Make sure there's a source of fresh water within a quarter-mile of the bat house.
  • Keep the entrance to the house free of obstacles, such as tree branches. Bats like to swoop in unobstructed space.
  • Your bat house plans should not include lights; in fact, if you place the bat house near a source of light, it's virtually assured that it will remain empty.
  • Use untreated wood; it contains no harmful chemicals.
  • Keep the surfaces inside the house rough; this allows the bats to grip its floor or walls more easily.

How to Build a Bat House

Keeping those tips in mind, search the Internet for free bat house plans or visit your local building center to purchase bat house kits. Building a house from scratch using plans is a good idea if you have some carpentry experi...

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