Our expert technicians locate all bat entry points and describe or show them to you. We will then locate the bat colonies and determine the breeding stage. If the young are still immobile, we will return when they are old enough to fly. This approach is both humane and practical, as the little ones will not be left to starve, leaving you with the difficult task of removing the carcasses from the walls and the attic!
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Why are there bats in my house?
The presence of bats in your home can be attributed to several factors. These flying mammals are constantly looking for shelter from predators and bad weather. Thus, they can be installed in the attic or behind the shutters. They are also attracted by the presence of insects, their main source of food. Lights that attract insects can therefore indirectly attract bats. Also, if your home is near water, this may increase the likelihood of bats, as water attracts insects. Finally, the existence of cracks or fissures in the structure of your house can facilitate access for bats.
Where do bats hide in a house?
Bats seek quiet, dark places to hide and establish their colonies. In a house, they can hide in various places:
- Attics: These spaces offer ideal conditions: they are quiet, dark, warm and generally out of reach of predators.
- Behind the shutters: This is a favourite place for some species that prefer to be outside but protected.
- Under the roof or in gutters: Bats can fit into small crevices and tight spaces.
- In the walls: If your house has cavities or holes in the walls, bats can find refuge there.
It is essential to call a professional if you suspect bats in your home to ensure the ethical and safe relocation of these protected mammals.
What disease can bats transmit?
Bats can potentially transmit certain diseases to humans, although this is quite rare. Here are the main ones:
- Rabies: Rabies is a viral disease transmitted by the bite or scratch of an infected animal. In rare cases, bats can transmit this virus.
- Hendra and Nipah viruses: These two viruses can cause serious illness in humans and are linked to close contact with bats of the family Pteropodidae, or “fruit bats”.
- Coronavirus: Some bat species are known to harbour coronaviruses. However, direct transmission of these viruses from bats to humans is very rare. Most often, an intermediate host is involved.
- Other zoonotic diseases: Bats can also be vectors of certain parasites, such as mites or fleas, which can, in turn, transmit other diseases to humans.
It is important to note that most bats are harmless and pose no risk to human health unless handled directly. It is therefore recommended that you never touch a bat with your bare hands and that you call in professionals if a bat is found in your home.
Do bats attack humans?
No, bats do not usually attack humans. These animals are rather shy and avoid interactions with humans as much as possible. Most bat species feed on insects or fruit and have no reason to attack a human.
However, there are exceptions. Some species of bats, such as the vampires of the Americas (Desmodus rotundus), are hematophagous, which means that they feed on blood. But even in these cases, they usually prefer the blood of other animals rather than humans.
It is important to note that if a bat feels threatened, it may bite to defend itself, as any wild animal would. Also, some bats can carry rabies, so it is recommended that you never touch a bat with your bare hands. If you find a bat in your home, contact a professional to take care of it.
When to worry about bats?
There are several situations that may warrant concern about bats:
- Direct contact: If a bat touches you or you touch it directly, there is a risk, although small, of transmitting diseases, such as rabies. If this happens, seek medical attention immediately.
- Infestation: If you see many bats in or around your home, it could indicate an infestation. Bats can cause structural damage to your home and their guano (droppings) can be harmful to your health.
- Strange behaviour: If a bat is active during the day, appears sick or is unable to fly, this is cause for concern. Sick bats may be more likely to transmit disease.
- Presence of guano: If you find guano inside your home, it may indicate the presence of bats in your attic or other parts of your home.
In all these cases, it is best to seek professional help to assess the situation and take appropriate action. Do not attempt to capture or handle a bat yourself.
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MORE INFORMATION ON BATS
If a bat wanders into your home or workspace, our wildlife technicians will exclude the little beast in a humane manner and advise the client to contact the public health department who will then determine if the bat needs to be tested for rabies and if the homeowner or employees need a rabies shot. Our technicians will install a special one-way door at all access and exit points so that the bats can leave but not return to their roost. We may recommend an agency to clean up the droppings.
Our wildlife technicians block all possible openings in the building with mesh and/or clear silicone caulk. All materials used to block access to the bats are of the highest quality and are guaranteed.
WHY IS THE HUMANITARIAN APPROACH BEST?
Our wildlife technicians are specifically trained to exclude live bats and prevent premature death. This approach is also economical and practical. The inhumane destruction and use of pesticides to control bats is illegal. The removal or destruction of breeding bats subsequently causes the death of the young left to starve in the building, thereby attracting parasites and creating further health risks. Removing bat carcasses is a time-consuming, costly, and unnecessary process. We are a leader in the wildlife control industry because of our emphasis on education and prevention.
Bats normally reside in the walls, attics or between the roof and ceiling of buildings. Bat droppings and carcasses can give off a foul odour and contaminate property and air conditioning systems.
FACT: Bat colonies vary in number from one to several hundred.
The longer a bat stays in a building, the greater the chance of breeding and infiltrating secluded and confined areas. Appropriate exclusion and cleaning may eventually include renewal of drywall, interior wall coverings and flooring.
FACT: Bat colonies are doubling in number every year. Bats in Ontario tend to hibernate or return to the same roost each year unless they have been effectively removed and excluded. Generally, they do not migrate south for the winter and tend to roost and hibernate in moderate-temperature areas (e.g. buildings).
Bats are among the most common mammalian carriers of rabies. Also if left untreated, rabies can lead to serious health problems or even death. Symptoms can take up to six months to appear, by which time it is too late to start medical treatment. Many health departments in Ontario recommend that anyone who has come into contact with a bat get treated for rabies.
FACT: Bats can bite when you are sleeping or if you are trying to capture them.
Inhalation of bat droppings can trigger histoplasmosis (or Darling’s disease) which is characterized by continuous flu-like symptoms. Very young children, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of serious illness from histoplasmosis.
FACT: A bat can produce several times its weight in droppings in a single month.
HOW DO YOU SPOT THEM?
If you see a bat wandering into your home or business, chances are there are others in the attic, walls and roof. They usually sleep in tight spaces and underneath the insulation, making it very difficult to spot.
FACT: A bat can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
HOW IS IT EXCLUDED?
If you only plug the holes, your efforts will be in vain. They will find other places to enter and exit and if they die in your home or business, the carcasses will give off a strong odor and cause damage.
FACT: The most effective method is to remove all bats and seal the entire building to prevent them from re-entering.
Destroying or capturing a few bats will not solve the problem, as there will be others living in the attic, walls and roof.
FACT: Bats hibernate once the temperature drops below 10°C (e.g., September to April) and the young may starve to death if the parent is killed. They normally feed in 24- to 48-hour cycles, so if there is an exclusion of active bats, it means that only half of the colony has been captured.
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