Asked June 25, 2019, 7:27 PM EDT
Howdy. I would like to hang several bathhouses on my 2 1/2 acres. Where can I find cheap ones ? Thanks, Lebanon, Oregon
Linn County Oregon
Thanks for your interest in attracting bats to your site for the natural insect control that they provide!
If you have some basic tools and are a little bit handy, building your own bat houses is probably the most economical option. Or perhaps someone in your local high school or community college shop class would like to build some for a nominal fee?
Bat Conservation International has plans for several different bat houses and detailed suggestions for installing them:
If you decide to purchase a bat house, not all bat houses are created equal. BCI also has a list of vendors who they have certified: http://www.batcon.org/resources/getting-involved/bat-houses/bat-house-buy
You can find more information about hosting bats from OSU Extension here: https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/beneficial-bats-help-control-insects-garden