Best Bat Houses

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 27, 2020
Bat houses attract bats and keep them comfortable while they're busy eating insects and allowing the plants to grow nice and healthy. The best bat houses are easy to mount and, when mounted, make sure they stay there, despite the years and the elements. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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Chamber Quantity
Bat Capacity
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Warranty
 
PROS
The house was constructed from the Western red cedar wood, meaning that the model's almost invulnerable to rot and insect damage. The house is also pretty narrow, making the construction great at retaining heat.
CONS

The house is relatively heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

Applewood Outdoor Premium Bat House will blend into and flow with most backyard settings. With multiple mounting options, you'll be able to install this little bat shelter onto the house, tree, or any free-standing pole. 

detailed parameters
Use

Outdoor

Chamber Quantity

1

Bat Capacity

~ 15 bats

Materials

Western red cedar wood 

Extras

Grooved interior, pre-drilled holes in the landing board, hanger on the top back, three 2½-inch exterior-grade deck screws included 

Dimensions

14.875" x 10" x 3.5"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS
The specially designed exterior and interior perches enable easy landing and roosting. The skerfs and the rough platform make sure that even the clumsiest bats are able to land with no issues. The hook will allow you to mount the house onto trees, walls, and poles. 
CONS

The hook's not especially reliable. 

OUR VERDICT

Kenley Bat House is made from eco-friendly materials. The house's handcrafted and will not let the rain and snow inside. The dark red paintwork makes the house look rugged and weathered, tricking bats into associating the box with privacy and warmth.

detailed parameters
Use

Outdoor

Chamber Quantity

2

Bat Capacity

~ 20 to 30 bats

Materials

Cedar wood

Extras

Hanging hook at the back, specially engineered interior and exterior perches 

Dimensions

15" x 9.2" x 3.2"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The product is shipped pre-assembled, meaning you can mount the house straight from the box. The hanging hook is tough enough to easily support the house's + 20-30 bats' weight. The joints are tough and tight too. 

CONS

Some edges are pretty sharp. 

OUR VERDICT

INCLY Bat House is the roomiest, most comfortable box that bats will not miss. The narrow interior dimensions will aid heat retention, making sure that the bats are warm even when the temperature is anything but.

detailed parameters
Use

Outdoor

Chamber Quantity

2 (1 available)

Bat Capacity

~ 20 to 30 bats

Materials

Cedar wood

Extras

Grooved interior and landing platform, hanging hook at the back, mounting hardware are included 

Dimensions

15" x 9.2" x 3.2"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The grooved surface enables secure gripping, making sure that the bats are able to hold themselves with ease. The wood has no scent and no netting that eventually wears. The instructions that come with the box also include interesting facts about bats. 

CONS

The packaging is fairly shoddy.

OUR VERDICT

Big Bat Box looks awesome, with its black finish and the brilliant bat symbol. Setting aesthetics aside, the box is durable and tough enough to survive harsh, rainy environments. Plus, the mounting hardware is shipped with the house. 

detailed parameters
Use

Outdoor

Chamber Quantity

2

Bat Capacity

Up to 75 bats

Materials

Western red cedar wood

Extras

Grooved interior, all hardware included

Dimensions

15" x 12" x 4"

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS
The house will accommodate big brown, little brown, pallid, cave, evening, Pallas' mastiff, northern long-eared, eastern pipistrelle, Mexican free-tailed, southeastern, Rafinesque's big-eared, Yuma, and evening bats. The zinc-placed deck screws will resist corrosion. 
CONS

You might find cosmetic defects here and there. 

OUR VERDICT

Woodlink Audubon Bat Shelter is also made from red cedar wood but reforested and kiln-dried, making the product more eco-friendly than most bat houses. The construction also makes the product more affordable, so we could not avoid adding this one to the list. 

detailed parameters
Use

Outdoor

Chamber Quantity

1

Bat Capacity

Up to 20 bats

Materials

Reforested, kiln-dried red cedar wood 

Extras

Grooved interior and landing platform, pre-drilled holes for mounting, zinc-plated deck screws included

Dimensions

15" x 14.25" x 3.5" 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Applewood Outdoor Premium Western Red Cedar

If You Build It, They Will Come

Applewood Outdoor Premium Bat House looks sleek and polished, earning that "premium" part, appearance-wise at least. But appearance is not the only thing this product has going for it. Made from Western red cedar, the house is tough and sturdy as this cedar variety is naturally resistant against rot and insect damage, making sure that the structure remains intact even when faced with harsh outdoor environments.

While that's great and all, these advantages would be not worth much without making bats comfortable first and foremost. Luckily, that's not an issue here. The grooved interiors allow the bats to land and roost, while the narrow space inside makes the house nice and cozy, creating this comfy environment that's conducive towards heat retention.

Sometimes, bat houses can be troublesome/tiresome to install but, here, we have two pre-drilled holes burred into the landing board, this sturdy hanger on the top back, and three 2.5-inch exterior-grade deck screws, making the house able to accommodate different mounting options.

The only unaccommodating part about this product is that the construction is pretty heavy, so you might face some challenges mounting the house alone. Bar that, Applewood Outdoor Premium Bat House will last, hosting bats and keeping them comfortable while unlikely presenting considerable maintenance challenges down the road.

Review of Applewood Outdoor Premium Western Red Cedar Bat House

 

Kenley Large Double Chamber

Paint It Red

The people behind Kenley Bat House designed and developed this model based upon multiple available research papers on bats' needs and preferences. That's how they were able to come up with these interior and exterior perches that let bats land and roost with ease. Before that though, what we have here is a relatively large box (measuring 15" x 9.2" x 3.2", not unlike most bat shelters) with two chambers, able to accommodate at least 20-30 bats. The two-room layout allows the house to form this grooved yet well-spaced inside roosting area. Moreover, the house adopts this rough platform and skerfs to enable easy landing.

Now, making bats comfortable is great, but bat houses are also supposed to be durable enough to survive and thrive outside, hence the handcrafted, high-quality cedar wood construction that will be able to keep rain and snow out and last years since cedar beats rot and avoids decay naturally. Plus, sporting this dark red paintwork, the model makes bats associate the house with warmth and privacy.

In closing, setting aside the flimsy hook that we would recommend replacing or, at the very least, reinforcing, you can trust Kenley Bat House to attract bats and entice them to stay.

Review of Kenley Large Double Chamber Bat House

 

INCLY Natural Cedar Wood

Comfy Little Box

What we like about INCLY Bat House (and there's more than one thing to like about this product) is that the house's shipped pre-assembled, so you do not have to put different boards and planks together, all you have to do is mount the house using the hardware that's also shipped with the box. The hanging hook at the back is pretty sturdy, so you can choose between different structures and objects, from trees and poles to most walls.

The people behind this product are claiming that the house provides ideal living conditions and the claim is, at the very least, not baseless, with the inside and the landing platform grooved to enable easy clinging, making sure that bats have no issues landing and climbing into the house. The house's quite narrow inside, not unlike most bat houses to improve its heat retention. Besides that, this comfy little box has been stained with dark red paint, making the surface resistant against the elements and attracting bats.

We'd recommend mounting this house pretty high though, not only due to the usual reasons but also because some edges here are quite sharp, so you'd want kids and pets to avoid injuring themselves. Even then, INCLY Bat House is an excellent product, durable and reliable but also roomy and comfy, so we can totally see bats choosing to roost there.

Review of INCLY Natural Cedar Wood Bat House Kit for Outdoors

 

Big Bat Box weather proof

Making Batman Proud

Big Bat Box is an apt name, considering that it is able to fit around 70-75 bats, which is huge when you take into account that the box measures 15" x 12" x 4", more than comparable to most bat houses. Inside this box, you'll find two chambers, optimally sized not only to attract but also to accommodate bats. Finish-wise, you can choose between black and brown paintworks. We'd probably recommend going with the black one and totally not because the black one resembles something that Batman would put inside the Batcave, nuh-uh.

All in all, the product looks smooth and polished, setting aside the shoddy packaging which's pretty surprising considering that everything that's inside is anything but shoddy. We're fine with the trade-off though, beats the bat houses that are wrapped all nice but, when mounted outdoors, prove fragile and vulnerable to the elements. The opposite is the case with this bat box, constructed from Western red cedar wood to make the house tough, durable, and all but immune to rot and decay.

Without even mentioning that the surface inside is grooved to enable secure and reliable gripping, Big Bat Box climbs the bat house ranks, with its bold aesthetic, the awesome bat symbol, and weatherproof construction.

Review of Big Bat Box weather proof Bat House

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Woodlink NABAT

The Environment Won't Mind

Right off the bat (we're not even sorry this time), Woodlink Audubon Bat Shelter is probably the most eco-friendly and environmentally conscious option within this lineup because the house is constructed from reforested, kiln-dried red cedar wood, making the model not only more ecologically responsible but also resistant against moisture.

Besides that, this model's also an easy house to handle mounting-wise, with pre-drilled holes making the task that much less tedious and zinc-plated deck screws, resistant against rust and corrosion, making sure that the house will not fall down soon enough.

For the most part, this box looks pretty smooth, though might find cosmetic defects here and there. The company's logo is subtle and the bat symbol is a nice touch. Size-wise, the house measures 15" x 14.25" x 3.5", a little taller than most bat houses but about as narrow, so reducing heat dissipation. With one chamber, this box should be able to accommodate around 20 bats, with the landing platform constructed to aid landing and the grooves inside allowing the bats to cling when roosting.

Without going into unnecessary details, Woodlink Audubon Bat Shelter does not discriminate and will house most bats, from big browns to Yuma Myotis.

Review of Woodlink NABAT Audubon Bat Shelter

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What Is a Bat House?

Mosquitos are the worst but they're hard to eliminate without using questionable methods involving chemicals and such. Instead, what you can do is mount these bat houses next to you. Most bat species live off insects, with one bat usually able to consume its own weight throughout one night. Needless to say, this diet makes these only flying mammals the most reliable allies when dealing with various insects, from mosquitoes and beetles to caterpillars that bite, sting, and damage crops and plants. Plus, many bat populations are facing extinction, so you're not only avoiding using chemicals but also helping these invaluable creatures survive.

These houses are not hard to mount and maintain, just remember to hang them around 13-20 feet high with direct sunlight. Bats are neat creatures, so you won't need to clean these boxes, even though the houses we're reviewing here are able to accommodate anywhere between 15 and 30 bats, with them going as high as 70+.

Bees and butterflies contribute to a healthy ecosystem too, so you might want to also consider these bee houses and butterfly houses.

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Publish Date: 2020-03-27 15:53:35