Bat House Comparison

See  why our bat houses are CONSERVATIONAL and theirs are CONVERSATIONAL

Searching the web for bat houses can be overwhelming. Below is a comparison view of just a few bat houses on the market. The bottom line is, Buy a bat house that is CERTIFIED by Bat Conservation International.

A green color code represents "must have" features. Orange indicates questionable features and Red means this feature will seriously hamper the success of the bat house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MFG  Lone Star Woodcraft Certified Bat House Bat Conserv. & Mgt. 3-Chamber house Colony Bat House Schrodt Designs Coveside Bat Condominium Victorian Bat House Backyard Bird
3 Chamber
Canadian Bat Nursery Holley 3 Chamber Bat House
Photo best triple chamber bat house
Size 29" x 14" 18'' wide x 24'' high 7'' wide (guess) x 17'' high (stated) 9.5'' wide x 19'' high 15'' wide x 30'' high 16'' wide x 24'' high 18'' wide x 41'' high 10'' wide x 14.75'' high
Weight 14 lbs. 15 lbs. <10 lbs.? 10 lbs. 14 lbs. 14 lbs. 33 lbs. 5 lbs.
Exterior Material 100% Western Red Cedar (no plywood) 1/2'' exterior yellow pine plywood + 1.75'' sides appears to be cedar? Looks like 3/4" pine Probably cedar 3/4' ' Cedar planks 3/4'' birch plywood 0.75'' Cedar
Seams 50 year latex adhesive caulk wherever wood meets wood glued No No Unknown glued Unknown Partially
wood Joints half-lapped joints ensure weather tight and light-tight seal butt joint - potential spaces between boards butt joint - potential spaces between boards butt joint - potential spaces between boards butt joint - potential spaces between boards butt joint - potential spaces between boards butt joint - potential spaces between boards butt joint - potential spaces between boards
Fasteners Phenoseal industrial adhesive / caulk and brads Screws  brads or staples  brads or staples  brads or staples  brads or staples  brads or staples Unknown
avg. Baffle Spacing 3 @ 3/4" 3 @ 3/4'' Unknown 4 @ Unknown 2 @ Unknown 3 @ Unknown 2 @ Unknown 2 @ 0.75'', 1 @ 1''
Landing plate size 14" x 6" Minimum 4''x18'' About 5''x2'' None About 14''x4'' About 16'' x 4'' 18'' x 6'' None
Roughened interior Natural rough sawn cedar Roughened at random intervals by hand Unknown Unknown Unknown Screened Machine grooved at set intervals None
Ease of mounting screw mounts through predrilled holes in mounting tab at the top and bottom. Mounting screws included

optional metal mounting brackets available for pole mounting

Screws at top of box and  landing plate. Bracket needed for post mounting. Might hang like a clock???  hook on back, like a clock no stability, will move in the wind Screws through mounting lip at top of box and also the landing plate. Screws through mounting lip at top of box and also the landing plate. Cannot determine mounting method from photos Needs bracket that is included
BCI Approved? YES!

 BCI's Best  seller !

Yes No No No No No No
Realistic capacity if successful 300 bats About 100 bats No claim. About 20 bats if single chamber. Claims "over 50 bats". Probably less than 100 bats No claim. About 30 if this is a single chamber  300 bats About 75 or less despite claims of 300 No claim. Less than 50 bats
Finishing required None

Northern climates may require darkening and is provided upon request for FREE!

Paint according to geographic area. Affix included shingle to roof and screen to landing plate. None Paint or stain according to geographic area. None intended Paint or stain according to geographic area. None Paint or stain according to geographic area.
Cost

 $144.95

FREE UPS ground shipping anywhere in the continental USA

$74.00 shipped anywhere within the continental USA. $56.00 + shipping $40.00 + shipping $89.00 + shipping $67.00 + shipping Over $50.00 + shipping About $20? + shipping
Pros BCI Certified

Meets and exceeds all 10 criteria required for "Certification" by Bat Conservation International

BCI Certified Nice decorative conversation piece none Nice decorative conversation piece Based on a modern design If "rubber membrane technology" means the whole thing is sprayed with truck bed liner, that's great! Nice landing plate. Might be sealed?
Cons The only comparable con here is our price. However you get what you pay for. This is what we do and we do it well.

 

Plywood tends to warp and separate with age releasing toxic fumes from deteriorating glues

Requires finishing, painting or staining, applying shingles and screen to landing plate.

Too small.

 This bat house is conversational not conservational

simply too small

 hook attachment -bats will not live in a bat house that moves in the wind

warped chambers

 No landing plate

Needs caulked.

will not support a colony but may house transient males Screen fasteners will rust from bat urine and fall out. Roughen the interor, add a shingled roof, extra caulk, and a real paint job. "RMT" might be caulking, ho hum. Louvers seem to imitate the "Victorian" model at left for no good reason. Questionable interior roughening. No landing plate. Ad contradicts itself. Very small dimensions. Made with used wood. Comes with an unrelated ad for laser engraving on the front????

 

For information email:  Regan  Garden Ridge, Texas (just off Bat Cave Rd) ph 210.885.0811