Houses for Bats
We have used bat houses in our gardens since July 1996 when we purchased our home. All pictures of plants on this site are from our gardens.
Bats have been a part of a well-balanced ecosystem since the beginning of time, providing natural insect control. By installing a bat house we provide the bats with a home to sleep after a long night of feeding on insects near the bat house.
We use a combination of what nature has to offer. We grow vegatables and fruits all year. By using bats, spiders, lady bugs, and even ants our gardens are kept free of harmful insects. You may wonder what we use ants for. We have sugar cane near our rose trees and the ants herd the aphids on the sugar cane and leave the roses alone. We also use fish emulsion, guano, and other manures in the fertilization of our gardens.
We gave away bat houses as gifts to friends and family over the years. We have learned in recent years that we are green and eco-friendly. We thought we were just wise in our use of nature rather than adding chemicals to our food.
We did some investigation into bats and found www.batcon.org. We learned that others felt as we do. We should live in balance with nature so we joined and sent our first bat house to be certified. House for Bats began when we received our first certification from the Bat Conservation International organization.
Why is certification important?
Bat Conservation International (BCI) has gathered data over many years by monitoring various types of bat house styles and placement. Using this information it has been proven that insectivore bats are more apt to inhabit a bat house built and installed to certain specifications. BCI certifies bat houses based on this criteria. Each bat house must reapply for certification every two years.