All About Bat Removal
There are many kinds of bats in Southern Ontario, the two most common being the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat.
Bats in general are social animals and live in colonies. In early to mid-summer (June to July), female bats give birth to one or two babies that will begin flying within three to four weeks and can hunt for themselves.
Bats hibernate from around November to March or April. They are drawn to warm, dark places in the cold months, so it is typical to find them sleeping in places such as attics, rafters, sheds and caves.
Some homeowners may consider these animals to be a nuisance and may be wondering how to get rid of bats, but the truth is that bats are important to our ecosystem. During the summer, one bat can eat over one thousand insects (such as mosquitoes and moths) in a single night of feeding! This has a very large impact on the population control of these insects and keeps them from reaching a state of over-population, and all without the use of insecticides or pesticides.
Unfortunately, bat numbers are in serious decline in North America due to contagious fungal infection known as “White Nose Syndrome”, named for the white fungus that appears on the nose and body of hibernating bats. The infection has killed more than seven million bats across North America since being documented in 2006.
How to Get Rid of Bats
Bats sometimes do have a bad habit of invading your living space. They can squeeze themselves into spaces smaller than half an inch, which is why attics are such a common place to find bats in the Hamilton area.
Here are some common mistakes homeowners make when attempting bat control:
- Doing nothing. Homeowners sometimes think that just because the bat has flown away that the problem is solved. This is rarely true. If you find a bat in your living space, it is most likely because it has lost its way. You can find bats in walls, bats in attics, bats in your soffit and in and around your home. There are likely more bats living inside your house if you have found one.
- Sealing the entry holes. This doesn’t work either. This will trap the bat inside and will lead to more bats entering your living space as they try to find ways to escape the home.
What we do:
- Identify all points of entry and potential areas for re-entry to your house.
- Install one way exits at strategic points on the exterior of the building.
- Seal all upper gaps with a high-grade sealant that does not affect airflow or drainage.
If you would like the help the declining bat problem, you can do your part by providing a comfortable place for bats to hibernate away from the disease.
Bat Boxes are man-made hibernation spots for bats to roost in. There are many kinds of bat boxes, from DIY wooden boxes to ready-made boxes. You can install your bat box any time throughout the year but be sure it gets lots of sun. For more info about bat boxes and their placement, check out Bat Conservation International or give us a call!
We take the conservation and safe eviction of bats (and all animals) very seriously. Our experience has taught exactly how and where bats can enter your home and how to get rid of bats humanely and permanently. Our work comes with a 5-10-year guarantee.