Bat Houses Colonial Heights VA

Local resource for bat houses in Colonial Heights, VA. 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.

Boulevard Flowers, Inc.
(804) 526-4000
2100 Ruffin Mill Road
Colonial Heights, VA
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Annuals, Aquatic Containers, Aquatics, Arrangement Accessories, Bird Feeders, Bird Houses / Nest Boxes, Birding Accessories, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Cut Flowers, Fertilizers, Fish / Koi, Florist, Flower Seed, Flowers, Flowers - Fresh, Flowers, Foliage & Plant Products, Fountains - Decorative, Fresh Plants, Fungicides, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Gardening Supplies, Gifts & Accents, Giftware, Groundcovers, Hardscape Supplies, Herbicides, Ho…

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The Great Big Greenhouse & Nursery
(804) 320-1317
2051 Huguenot Road
Richmond, VA
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Annuals, Aquatics, Arrangement Accessories, Baskets & Wicker Products, Bird Feeders, Bonsai, Brass / Copper Containers, Bulbs, Cactus / Succulent, Candles & Holders, Ceramic, Terra Cotta & Stone Containers, Chemicals, Christmas Trees - Cut, Collectables & Figurines, Conifers / Evergreens, Container Gardening, Containers - Decorative, Crop Protection, Decorative Planters & Urns, Fertilizers, Flags, Windsocks & Poles, Florist, Flower Seed, Flowers, Foliage & Plant Products, Fountains - Decorati…

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Stranges Florists Greenhouses & Garden Centers
(804) 782-1904
4201 Creighton Rd
Richmond, VA
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Builders / Contractors, Garden Centers / Nurseries

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Boulevard Flower Gardens
(804) 526-4000
2100 Ruffin Mill Rd
Chesterfield, VA
 
Evangreen Landscape Nursery
(804) 590-2201
8010 Hickory Rd
Chesterfield, VA
 
Spring Earth Products
(804) 378-8747
600 Southlake Boulevard
Richmond, VA

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Sneed's Nursery & Garden Center
(804) 320-7798
8756 Huguenot Rd
Richmond, VA
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Annuals, Arrangement Accessories, Bulbs, Ceramic, Terra Cotta & Stone Containers, Chemicals, Conifers / Evergreens, Container Gardening, Containers - Decorative, Deck Construction, Decorative Planters & Urns, Fall Decorations, Flowers, Foliage & Plant Products, Fresh Plants, Furniture / Structures, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Gift Certificates, Giftware, Groundcovers, Hardscape Supplies, Hardwood Mulch, Herbs, Home Decor, Home Furnishings, Houseplants, Irrigation Services, I…

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J.E. Perdue Landscaping & Garden Center
(804) 451-3299
VA
Chesterfield, VA
 
Alpha Lawn Care and Landscaping Inc
(804) 526-0998
3119 Woodlawn Ave
Chesterfield, VA
 
Robbins Landscaping
(804) 748-3978
9700 Old Cannon Rd
Chesterfield, VA
 
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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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