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Why Bat Houses are Important

Why should you put up a bat house?

Bat houses benefit bats, you, your family, communities, farmers, gardeners and the ecosystem as a whole.

  • Bat houses give bats a home and in turn they will eat thousands of insects.
  • Bat houses give bats an alternative to our houses thus reducing the chance of human to bat contact.
  • Bat populations have decreased significantly (especially with WNS) and bat houses can help provide secure habitat.

Bat houses provide a safe home for bats and are educational and fun for the whole family. Bats significantly reduce the amount of pest insects in your backyard while simultaneously helping farmers and gardeners by eating insect pests. An individual bat can eat thousands of insects in just one night! More bats eating insects mean less pesticide use in our environment.

Many bat species would typically roost under the bark of a dead tree and other safe crevices. However, due to habitat loss, this is often not an available resource. Bat houses provide a safe and secure home for bats to roost during the day and to raise their young.

Bats are helpful, not dangerous animals. They are safe and beneficial to have in your backyard. Less than 1% of bats have rabies- the disease is also fatal to bats, they are not carriers of rabies.

The Organization for Bat Conservation has years of experience researching and designing successful bat houses. The information shared on our website will aid in your success of having occupied bat houses. Be sure to check out the best placement for your bat house, plans to build your own, and step-by-step instructions on how to attach your bat house.

Bat houses really do work! Check out success stories we've shared from around the nation of OBC bat houses filled with bats.