Bat Houses Essex Junction VT

Local resource for bat houses in Essex Junction, 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.

Four Seasons Garden Center
(802) 658-2433
472 Marshall Avenue
Williston, VT
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Claussen's Florist & Greenhouse
(802) 878-2361
187 Main St
Colchester, VT

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Horsford Gardens & Nursery
(802) 425-2811
2111 Greenbush Road
Charlotte, VT
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Annuals, Compost, Composting, Conifers / Evergreens, Erosion & Sediment Control Supplies, Ferns, Fertilizers, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Grass Seed, Groundcovers, Hand Tools, Herbs, Landscape Supplies, Mulch, Native Plant Nurseries, Nurseries - Wholesale, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials, Pine Bark Mulch, Plants, Pruners, Roses, Saws, Seed, Shrubs, Trees, Trees, Wreaths & Decorations, Vegetables, Vines, Wreaths

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Queen Bee Landscape Service
(802) 879-3029
60 Brickyard Rd Unit 5
Essex Junction, VT
 
Lang Farm Antique Center
(802) 878-5720
51 Upper Main St
Essex Junction, VT
 
Adams Apple Orchard & Farm Market
(802) 879-5226
1168 Old Stage Road
Williston, VT
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Annuals, Cactus / Succulent, Perennials, Plants, Shrubs

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Swanson Farm & Nursery
(802) 849-2525
1054 Main St.
Fairfax, VT
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Groundcovers, Perennials, Plants, Shrubs, Trees

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Arbor Garden Apartments
(802) 878-7000
4 Carmichael St
Essex Junction, VT
 
Depot Home & Garden
(802) 878-8596
36 Park St
Essex Junction, VT
 
Lily Pond Nursery
(802) 876-7736
37 Browns River Rd.
Essex Center, VT
 
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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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