Bat Houses Working

Bat houses really do work! They provide a secure home for bats while also providing entertainment and education for us. We receive many success stories from around the nation. Their stories are filled with excitement and stunning photos of bats swooping out of their bat houses. Check out how you, too can have a successful bat house in your area.

Out of Your House & Into Their Own (Georgia)

A resident of Georgia successfully excluded little brown bats from his own home, by providing the bats a home of their own with OBC’s triple chamber bat house. The bats moved into their bat house immediately after being excluded from their previous home. Seven years later and this Georgia resident continues to have great success with bats living in his bat houses and not in his home. He now has 6 bat houses mounted on poles in his yard filled with over 200 little brown and free-tailed bats.

Hurricane Survival (Florida)

A total of seven OBC bat houses are occupied near a dock in Punta Gorda, Florida. Worried about the bats after Hurricane Charlie destroyed two of their bat houses, these Florida residents quickly replaced their losses with new extra-large OBC bat houses. Bats returned to their new homes in a matter of days. The bats houses are mounted to wooden dock posts, receiving full sunlight and were left unpainted.

Full House (Michigan)

After several years of only having small bat colonies residing in their bat house, residents in Ortonville, Michigan, were excited to discover their largest population this past summer- a full bat house! The bat house is mounted on the southern peak of their home and they are looking forward to the colony’s return next spring.

Hundreds Find Homes (Michigan)

Elise Forrest of Manchester, Michigan has encouraged over 200 bats to move into bat houses and out of her barn. Each year she has added another bat house to her property, noting that the bats prefer to occupy those over the inside of her barn. The nine bat houses are all at least 20 feet high, on the west side of the barn receiving at least 8 hours of direct sunlight. Read more about the Manchester Barn project on our bat house projects page.

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center (Mississippi)

Two triple-chamber OBC bat houses were mounted in 2008 on a pole near the old sharecropper house on the grounds of Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Bats have been seen flying at dusk around the property for years but no one knew where they lived. During the 2010 Hummingbird Migration Celebration, OBC’s director, Rob Mies decided to check the bat houses with a strong flashlight and look for droppings. To his surprise, he heard and saw many bats inside the house. At dusk, several Audubon staff and volunteers watched over 50 bats fly out of one of the bat houses.

Since the discovery, Strawberry Plains Audubon staff erected four more houses. They have also documented that both bat houses are occupied and that the bats prefer the chambers with mud dauber nests, maybe for added insulation during cool nights. Evening bats, which are important insect-eating bats that eat large numbers of garden and crop pests such as spotted cucumber beetles and corn-ear worm moths, are occupying the bat houses.

Bats Like it Hot (Texas)

After 3 years of an empty bat house, Linda in Castroville, Texas was excited to finally notice bats flying out of her bat house. She was also shocked to realize that the bats even enjoy the house on days where the temperature reaches over 100°F. The bats have filled their OBC bat house which is placed on a wooden light post, facing east and left unpainted. She enjoys watching the bats emerge from the house in her backyard and come back each morning.

Patience Rewarded (Florida)

Jose and Terry were thrilled to finally see bats emerging from their bat house in Florida. Their bat house stood dormant for six years mounted on a wooden post 16 feet high facing southeast. They remained hopeful and one evening were thrilled to witness 30 bats flying out of the bat house. They were so excited to finally have bats that they actually woke up early in the morning to watch them fly back into the bat house. Jose and Terry have since ordered another, larger OBC bat house for their back yard.

Quickly Occupied (Virginia)

Residents in Virginia were excited and surprised to find their bat house occupied just one month after installing it to a pole. They first noticed bat droppings on their flowers beneath the bat house and later confirmed that at least five adults and five pups are living in their bat house. To continue their bat stewardship they are planning to install another bat house and are having a positive experience educating neighbors on the importance and benefits of bats.

Immediate Success (California)

After just two weeks, Karen in Shingletown, California noticed that her bat house was already occupied. She painted her extra large OBC bat house black and attached it to the sunny, east side of her house. The bat house is 14 feet high with a clear area under and in front of it, allowing the bats to locate the house and easily fly in and out.

Tell us your story!

Have bats in your bat house? We want to know! Fill out our Research Form Today. Not having any luck with bats occupying your bat house? We can help! For more information on bat houses, including where to buy and place one, why they are important and more check out more on our site or give us a call.

Not sure if your bat house is occupied? Look for dark bat droppings the size of long grain rice under the house. You can also watch the bat house at sunset and count how many bats fly out and occasionally inspect the bat house during the day with a high-powered flashlight.

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