The Peterson box features a large steep roof to provide protection from the summer sun and to make predation by raccoons and cats more difficult. The sloping front reduces the probability of rain entering the box opening.
While most bluebird boxes have a 1 1/2″ circular opening, the Peterson box features an oval entrance. Proponents of the Peterson box feel that this hole shape allows the adults to feed the young – and remove the fecal sacs from the box front without having to completely enter the box. Peterson boxes are easy to monitor, check for blowfly infestation, and clean through the downward swinging door.
This style of box has a long life span due to their rugged construction. Both bluebirds and tree swallows very readily accept the Peterson box. Bluebird use of Peterson boxes has consistently been far higher than in standard style nestboxes.
A single bat can eat up to 1,200 mosquito-sized insects every hour, and up to 6,000 to 8,000 insects each night.
Unlike mass-produced products that consist of cheap plywood and brads, our bat houses are handcrafted using 3/4” cedar boards and exterior screws to guarantee solid, durable construction, built to last. Rather than using mesh, which can loosen and entangle the bats, we provide interior saw cut grooves at 1/2” intervals for bats to cling to.