The bat is the only nocturnal animal recognized as a flying mammal with a lifespan of over 40 years. It is the only specimen capable of eating 500 to 600 insects in a single night! Winter is here and these little critters are starting to look for a place to hibernate.
Knowing that the extermination of this animal is strictly illegal since it plays an essential role in our ecosystem, what will be the solution to adopt?
WHY DOES A BAT ENTER A HOUSE?
Many of these migratory bat species prefer to hibernate in caves, mines or under the bark of dead trees, as they are able to reduce their body temperature to between 3 and 6 degrees Celsius in order to cope with the freezing cold of winter and to keep their energy reserves. But some others prefer to hibernate in buildings and especially in the attic of houses where the temperature is quite humid.
This is where things start to get complicated for the simple reason that the excrement of this nocturnal animal is a potential carrier of diseases like histoplasmosis and rabies. Caution: These little bugs, protected in North America, can also transmit these diseases through scratches or bites!
ARE BATS DANGEROUS TO HUMANS?
During the hibernation period, this endangered species enters a state called torpor and survives thanks to its fat reserves which can easily represent up to 35% of its weight. His heart rate drops to about 25 beats per minute, whereas in active periods it is usually between 400 and 1000 beats per minute. Generally, these bats come out of their torpor once a month to hydrate and urinate. This awakening requires a lot of energy, as they have to raise their body temperature from 36°C in a short time. For a few years now, this hibernation period has been disrupted because of a fungus that has spread to the barnacles. This fungus increases the number of awakenings of many bats in Canada. And the result is that we end up with infected bats. These small infected protected animals are recognized by the presence of white spots on the muzzle, which has earned the name “white muzzle syndrome” for this infection.
Many health departments in Ontario recommend that anyone who has come into contact with a bat get treated for rabies.
5 SOLUTIONS TO GET RID OF BATS
- USE A NATURAL BAT REPELLENT
Natural dog and cat repellents can be really effective in scaring away nocturnal animals. So, boil citrus peels in water, filter and then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. All you have to do is spray where your little intruders sleep!
- INSTALL A BATSHELL
You can keep bats out of your home by trying to provide them with a more attractive alternative. Knowing that these animals are real allies in the fight against mosquitoes and other insects, consider installing bat nesting boxes near your home!
- DIFFUSING A MENTHOLOUS SCENT
Bats do not tolerate menthol or eucalyptus scents. So don’t hesitate to place one or more bowls filled with a minty liquid in your attic to scare them away quickly.
- OPT FOR NAPHTALINE
You can place rags soaked in mothballs near the bats’ nests, which should scare them away to find a new home. Be careful when using this product, as it is extremely toxic to humans and pets!
- LIGHTING THE ROOMS
If bats have chosen your attic as a hibernation site, don’t hesitate to leave the lights on all night if you have access to them. These protected animals are nocturnal! They do not tolerate light well. It is still recommended that you hire a bat exterminator.
5 GOOD REASONS TO CALL AN EXTERMINATOR
- The danger involved
Some parasites can be very dangerous. If you try to destroy a wasp or bee nest, they will fight back and they have a way of doing so that can be very damaging, especially if you or a family member is allergic to them. A EXTERMINATION’s exterminators have developed ways of attacking these insects, but also all the pests, which allow us to get rid of them without endangering anyone’s health and safety. They also know and master all the safety measures to be taken with pesticides of all kinds.
- The ineffectiveness of your interventions
It is very difficult to get rid of some pests that can get into every nook and cranny of your home that you don’t have access to. This may be a sign that your infestation has gone beyond the limits of traditional means and requires superior expertise. A recurring overgrowth problem can also be due to your home. An exterminator from A-Extermination can help you understand how pests gain access to your home and advise you on how to block these accesses.
- Your dislikes, sensitivities or phobias
You hate bugs and pests of all kinds or, unfortunately, only those that invade your home. An exterminator can come to your rescue and take care of the infestation for you.
- The lack of effective extermination methods on the market for your particular problem
Fighting the infestation of certain pests requires comprehensive techniques, a precise knowledge of all the places where they can hide from your elimination efforts or the handling of highly toxic products. A-Extermination’s exterminator is the expert you need, the only one who can take care of your problem.
- The expertise of exterminators
Misidentifying a pest, for example by confusing two species of ants or believing that the difference in species makes no difference, may lead you to choose a counterattack that is ineffective and will only make your problem worse. Exterminators, on the other hand, have a good knowledge of pests, they know the difference between two closely related species, which can be crucial when the way to get rid of one and the other differs. They also have a great experience of the various cases of figure which enables them to conceive an effective strategy of extermination adapted to your particular case.
Extermination requires the use of pesticides, products that pose a potential health risk to humans and pets. Exterminators will put their expertise to work for you to minimize your risk. They will also be able to implement an integrated pest management approach and alternative control methods that will lead to effective long-term extermination.