Bat Facts 101
Bats are small, warm-blooded mammals that can fly, making them the only mammal with this ability. Bats use echolocation to find small insects to eat and can eat up to three times their body weight. They roost in cliffs and caves, but most often form colonies in caves or buildings. Once inside your Ajax home, they enjoy the consistent temperature offered by four walls and a roof. Colonies vary greatly in size and bats can cause serious damage to buildings and pose a health risk to humans. If you are not careful, you may need professional wildlife removal in Ajax.
Are Bats Dangerous to Humans?
It’s a myth that bats in Canada fly in your hair or suck your blood, but they can be a serious health risk. If inhaled, bat droppings – known as guano – can cause serious illnesses and are best avoided. Bites from bites are not common, but they may do so if they feel threatened. Bats hibernate when the temperature dips below 10 degrees Celsius (October-April), and many young bats are left to die if a parent is killed. That means that removing the adult bats is only doing half the job. To remove the babies as well, you should contact a professional. Here are five steps to getting rid of bats:
- Thorough inspection
- Locating ALL of the entry holes
- Installation of exclusion devices
You have to know everything you can about this pest. They fly out in dusk and come back at dawn and not all at once. They usually roost in tight, dark places, like attics and never in the open. They will also crawl down walls and wedge into gaps behind wood beams. They can leave bat droppings all over your attic, which is why it is crucial to conduct a thorough inspection of both the inside and outside of your Ajax residence to look for traces of their presence. Keep in mind that a professional approach is the recommended course of action here.
Locating All of the Entry Holes
Bats usually have several openings they use to get into a structure. These holes are usually half an inch and are very hard to find. What’s also important in addition to finding existing entry holes is locating potential ones as well. While existing points of entry are somewhat obvious to the untrained eye, potential ones require an expert with experience as they are not as easily identified. Remember that even a single potential entry point that gets overlooked could continue to cause bat problems in the future.
Installation of Exclusion Devices
The following steps include the installation of one-way exclusion devices on the primary areas. Depending on the architecture this may include screening, funnels or cones. Every building is different and requires different methods to be used. The exclusion methods must be set up perfectly so the bats can fly out at night but not be able to come back in. For maximum results and efficiency, make sure to seek out professional help.
After you are completely sure all the bats are gone, it is essential to seal up the holes they have been using to come and go from the house. Bats are persistent creatures and will try to claw their way back in for the next few seasons maybe, but if you do your job right, you will never have to worry about bats again. While this is an activity you can attempt to do by yourself, keep in mind that there is no substitute for the kind of expertise and effectiveness that is the result of a professional approach.
It’s not easy cleaning up what could be millions of bat droppings and urine stains, but it is a necessary follow-up activity nonetheless. A particular concern when it comes to bat droppings is that they can establish mold. Mold can cause serious health concerns for some people, which is why it is essential to get rid of the urine stains and droppings as soon as the bats have been removed. In order to minimize the risk of inhaling harmful spores as a result of mishandling, this is a step of the process in which a trained and experienced approach is most important.
Need Bat Removal? Contact Skedaddle
When it comes to expert and professional Ajax wildlife removal services, the absolute best choice is getting in touch with Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. Skedaddle has been in the humane wildlife control and exclusion business for nearly three decades. The company is at the forefront of humane exclusion and removal methods, earning the trust of more than 200,000 satisfied homeowners to date thanks to its unique and thorough approach to removal and sanitization services. Skedaddle’s proven three-step process guarantees not only that you’ll be free from bats, but that you’ll never again be bothered by them in the future. Contact Skedaddle today and ensure a bat-free home for years to come.