Here’s why the bat house is becoming a thing | Architectural Summary
“As attention shifts to climate change, people are trying to find ways to contribute and have their own impact. Bat houses are one of those ways people can make an impact – it’s actionable and they can see the results in fewer insects and fewer pests,” says Harrison Broadhurst, co-founder of BatBnB who not only sells bat houses, but also works to educate consumers about the wonders of bats. “Since the pandemic, we’ve also seen people pay a lot more attention to their own backyards and try to make it a better space.”
If you think, but why do bats need houses, don’t they live in caves?, you are not entirely wrong. Some bats live in caves, and although they hibernate in the winter, the bats seek out other places to nest while they raise their young during the warmer months. As more and more forests have been cleared, bats are experiencing their own housing problems. Obviously, it’s hard to be a bat!
The Nature Conversancy estimates that there are over 1,100 species of bats and over 40 species of bats are found in the United States. Most bat species, including those that eat moths and other insects, are microbats. The little brown bat is most common in the United States, but other species are based on the region they live in and the type of food they eat the most. More than half of the bat species found in the United States are either declining or listed as endangered, and habitat loss is one of the biggest threats bats face.
Yet attracting bats to bat boxes is not always easy. In Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, Megan Sutton and her family wanted a bat house to help control mosquitoes, but realized they needed to make some design changes to attract the bats. “My husband and son made it together, and my son refused to put a vital piece of wood inside for the bats to hang on to, so our bat house didn’t have residents,” she said. “However, it has agreed to remodel to better accommodate guests this summer.”