Bat Houses Westchester IL

Local resource for bat houses in Westchester, IL. 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.

Jewel Food Stores
(708) 531-6539
1955 West North Avenue
Melrose Park, IL
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Flowers, Foliage & Plant Products

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The Hidden Gardens
(630) 655-8283
16W658 S. Frontage Road
Willowbrook, IL
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Annuals, Aquatics, Bonsai, Bulbs, Chemicals, Conifers / Evergreens, Crop Protection, Fish / Koi, Fish Food, Fish Health, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Herbs, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Perennials, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees, Vegetables, Vines, Water Garden Maintenance, Water Garden Supplies

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Hausermann Orchids, Inc.
(630) 543-6855
2N134 Addison Rd # 3
Villa Park, IL
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Annuals, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Orchids, Plants, Vegetables

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Advance Garden Center
(773) 685-6030
2933 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL
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Annuals, 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

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Schwarz Nursery & Garden Center
(630) 627-6261
21 W 020 Army Trail Rd
Addison, IL
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Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Landscape Architects, Landscaping Services, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plant Merchants, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees, Vegetables

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D & V Maintenance Group
(773) 822-3027
1038 S La Grange Rd
La Grange, IL

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The Good Earth Greenhouse
(708) 366-9500
7900 Madison St
River Forest, IL
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Annuals, Builders / Contractors, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Florist, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees

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Hinsdale Nurseries, Inc.
(630) 323-1411
7200 S Madison Street
Willowbrook, IL
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Annuals, Aquatics, Arborist Services, Bulbs, Cactus / Succulent, Chemicals, Conifers / Evergreens, Crop Protection, Display Structures, Ferns, Fountains - Decorative, Furniture / Structures, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Gazebos / Pavilions, Groundcovers, Hardscape Supplies, Herbs, Horticulture Companies, Industry Supplies & Services, Landscape Architects, Landscape Consulting, Landscape Contractors, Landscape Design, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape M…

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Wannemaker's Garden Center
(630) 852-0700
1940 Ogden Avenue
Downers Grove, IL
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Annuals, Bulbs, Cactus / Succulent, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Irrigation Supplies, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Portable Irrigation Systems, Roses, Seed, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees, Wildflower Seed

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Angelia Hopson
(630) 793-0500
799 Rosevelt Building 3
Glenn Ellyn, IL

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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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