Bat Houses Norfolk VA

Local resource for bat houses in Norfolk, 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.

McDonald Garden Center
(757) 464-5564
1144 Independence Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA
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Annuals, Arrangement Accessories, Bird Feeders, Bulbs, Candles & Holders, Chemicals, Conifers / Evergreens, Crop Protection, Ferns, Flower Seed, Flowers, Foliage & Plant Products, Fountains - Decorative, Fresh Plants, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Gardening Supplies, Gift Certificates, Gifts & Accents, Groundcovers, Herbicides, Home Decor, Horticulture Companies, Industry Supplies & Services, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Irrigation Supplies, Lands…

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McDonald Garden Center
(757) 722-7463
1139 W Pembroke Ave
Hampton, VA
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Annuals, Aquatics, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Flower Seed, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Irrigation Supplies, Landscape Architects, Landscaping Services, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Portable Irrigation Systems, Roses, Seed, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees, Vines, Wildflower Seed

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Fairmac Group
(757) 537-3412
3313 Daystone Arch
Chesapeake, VA

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White's Old Mill Garden Center
(757) 487-2300
3133 Old Mill Road
Chesapeake, VA
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Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Greenhouse Growers, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Nurseries - Wholesale, Perennials, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees

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Smithfield Gardens, Inc.
(757) 238-2511
1869 Bridge Road
Suffolk, VA
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Address Signs, Annuals, Aquatics, Arbors / Arches, Arrangement Accessories, Artificial Plants, Baskets & Wicker Containers, Benches / Chairs / Tables, Bird Baths, Bird Feeders, Birding Accessories, Bulbs, Butterflyhouses, Candles & Holders, Ceramic, Terra Cotta & Stone Containers, Chemicals, Christmas Accessories, Collectables & Figurines, Conifers / Evergreens, Containers, Containers - Decorative, Craft Materials & Supplies, Decorative Planters & Urns, Display Structures, Equipment - New, Fa…

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Enchanted Forest Nursery
(757) 549-9667
1116 Kempsville Road
Chesapeake, VA
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McDonald Garden Center
(757) 465-1110
3925 Portsmouth Blvd
Chesapeake, VA
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Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Fertilizers, Flower Seed, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Irrigation Supplies, Landscape Architects, Landscaping Services, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Portable Irrigation Systems, Roses, Seed, Seeds, Shrubs, Soil & Amendments, Trees, Vines, Wildflower Seed

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Countryside Gardens
(757) 722-9909
220 E. Mercury Blvd.
Hampton, VA
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Animal / Insect Repellent / Deterrent, Annuals, Aquatic Containers, Aquatics, Arbors / Arches, Arrangement Accessories, Bat Houses, Bath & Personal Care Products, Benches / Chairs / Tables, Bird Baths, Bird Feeders, Bird Houses / Nest Boxes, Birding Accessories, Bulbs, Butterflyhouses, Cactus / Succulent, Candles & Holders, Ceramic, Terra Cotta & Stone Containers, Chemicals, Christmas Trees - Cut, Christmas Trees - Live B&B, Christmas Trees - Live Container, Coconut / Moss Liners, Collectable…

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James R Linsky Plant Farm
(757) 485-2754
1460 Deep Creek Blvd
Chesapeake, VA

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Atlantic Garden Center
(757) 481-1515
1276 Great Neck Road
Virginia Beach, 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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