Famous Sunshine's Bat House
in the USA**
Our bat houses are hand-constructed of rough-sawn Maine White Pine. As a first generation tree, pine is environmentally preferred to cedar because it is easily renewed. The rough surface gives the bats something to hang onto. The habitats are not painted or stained, as these products are toxic to bats. The houses are
open at the bottom, so birds will not nest in them, and cleaning is not needed.
solid construction of 1" wood gives warmth and insulation (bats like
homes around 100 degrees Fahrenheit and higher). Each house comes with
information and instructions. Sunshine's
Bat House offers a
unique design by Amanda Lollar, author of The Bat
in My Pocket,
little Mexican Free Tail bat "Sunshine".
At Abundant Earth, we offer two sizes of
Sunshine's Bat House:
- Large: Two chambers can house up to 300
BATS! (18" x 24"
- Small: Two chambers can house up to 100
BATS! (18" x 14" x
In many ways bats are typical mammals. They are warm-blooded
and they give birth to live young and suckle them. They differ from all
mammals, however, in their ability to fly. Their wings are folds of
stretched between elongated finger bones, the sides of the body, the
and, in some species, the tail. A resting bat usually hangs with its
downward and takes flight by releasing its toehold.
appear larger than resting bats because of their large wing area. For
the Little Brown Bat Myotis lucifugus, weighs about
1/3 of an ounce (the
mass of two nickels and a dime) but has a wingspan of about 8.5 inches.
Hoary Bat Lasiurus cinereus, by contrast,
weighs about one ounce,
and has a wingspan of approximately 16 inches.
primarily nocturnal creatures, sleeping during the day and hunting
and feeding at night. Although some bats in the Tropics feed on fish,
nectar, or even blood, the bats of North America typically feed on
usually caught in flight. Bats will take moths, mosquitoes, beetles,
caddis flies, and midges.
species of bats typically consume 30% to 50% of their body weight in
each night, equivalent to a average adult person eating 60 - 90 lbs of
In the stomach of one Little Brown Bat 145 mosquitoes were found. It is
precisely for this reason that bats make excellent neighbors. Bats
roosting in Bat Houses, that you supply from Abundant Earth or another
source, may radically reduce your resident mosquito population, and may
help rid your garden of many pesky flying insects.
Birds that pursue flying insects
often catch their prey in their mouths, but most insectivorous bats scoop up
their victims in wing or tail membranes before transferring them to the mouth.
Little Brown Bats can chew their
food very rapidly and in the laboratory have been observed catching mosquitoes
at a rate of 10 per minute.
Bats are not
blind. Although the eyes of many insectivorous bats are
inconspicuous, bats see very well and rely on vision for many aspects
behavior. However, North American species of bats primarily use
rather than vision to locate their prey. Echolocation is an active mode
orientation in which the bat emits pulses of sound and listens for the
echoes using its large ears. The difference between the original sound
echo contains the information used by the bat to locate and identify
its path. Echolocation is also employed by marine mammals such as
other toothed whales, some cave-dwelling birds, and mammals such as
calls of most North American bats are ultrasonic in
frequency and therefore beyond the range of human hearing. A notable
is the Spotted Bat Euderma maculatum, which occurs
in the Okanagan Valley
of Washington and British Columbia, and makes calls that are entirely
humans. The ears of many insects, such as moths, lacewings, crickets,
mantids, are sensitive to the echolocation calls of bats. These insects
receive warning of a bat's approach and are often able to evade
the Spotted Bat is an interesting exception. Its lower-frequency
calls are not detected by most insects, so the insects are less likely
the pursuing bat.
summer months, some bat species aggregate in colonies, while
others live alone. The former include species that roost in buildings,
the Little Brown Bat, Big Brown Bat Eptesicus fuscus,
and Yuma Bat
Myotis yumanensis, while the latter include tree-roosting
species such as
the Red Bat Lasiurus borealis, Hoary Bat, and
Lasionycteris noctivagans. Other species such as the Pallid
pallidus and Spotted Bat roost in cracks and crevices in
Final Note About Bats and Bat Houses
can be very particular about
their housing arrangements.
When you select a bat house, make sure the manufacturer is
the particular needs of bats and bat houses. Many well-meaning, but
misinformed companies have designed and sold bat houses that are NOT
functionally appropriate for bats. These companies mistakenly assume
bat house building requires little or no research in the design of the
However, among the many bat house providers, there are a few reliable
like Abundant Earth, for high quality, functionally appropriate bat
Please choose wisely for the comfort and health of your friendly