Bat Houses Marlborough MA

Local resource for bat houses in Marlborough, MA. 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.

Gardens Are...
(888) 526-7771
100 Violetwood Circle
Marlborough, MA

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Northbrook Greenhouse
(978) 838-2033
55 Lancaster Rd
Berlin, MA

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D & D Garden Center Retail S
(978) 461-4764
32 Hudson Rd
Stow, MA
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Garden Centers / Nurseries

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Maria von Brincken Landscape Garden Design
(978) 443-4540
11 Ford Rd
Sudbury, MA

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Westborough Roche Bros. (bay State Commons)
(508) 836-3600
1100 Union Street
Westborough, MA
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Vegetables

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Standard Orchard's
(978) 562-6006
7 Lewis St
Hudson, MA

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Kevins Greenhouse
(978) 838-2448
31 Sawyerhill Rd
Berlin, MA

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New England Wild Flower Society
(508) 877-7630
New England Wild Flower Society, Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

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Green Thumb Garden Center
(508) 366-7478
187 Turnpike Rd
Westborough, MA
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Sudbury Farm
(978) 443-3575
439 Boston Post Road
Sudbury, MA
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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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