Bat Houses Lititz PA

Local resource for bat houses in Lititz, PA. 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.

Ephrata Redner's Market
(717) 738-1696
423 N. Reading Road
Ephrata, PA
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Vegetables

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Miles W Fry & Sons Inc
(717) 354-4501
300 Frysville Rd
Ephrata, PA

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ComposTumbler
(800) 880-2345
1834 Freedom Road
Lancaster, PA

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Witmers' Greenhouses Inc
(717) 392-2100
71 Greenfield Rd
Lancaster, PA

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Funk's Farm Market
(717) 872-8411
306 S Duke Street
Millersville, PA
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Annuals, Builders / Contractors, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees, Vines

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Longenecker's Hardware Co.
(717) 665-2491
133 Doe Run Road
Manheim, PA
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Groundcovers, Perennials, Plants, Shrubs, Trees

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Village Farm Market & Garden Center
(717) 733-5340
1520 Division Hwy
Ephrata, PA
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Garden Centers / Nurseries, Groundcovers, Landscaping Services, Perennials, Plants, Shrubs, Trees

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Winning Touch Nursery
(717) 336-5099
1236 N Reading Rd.
Stevens, PA
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Garden Centers / Nurseries, Horticulture Companies, Landscaping Services, Plants, Stone / Masonry, Trees

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Harold Ruhl
(717) 397-1804
2425 Old Philadelphia Pike
Lancaster, PA

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Nolt Nursery
(717) 273-8850
1555 Colebrook Road
Lebanon, PA
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Garden Centers / Nurseries, Landscape Architects, Landscaping Services

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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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