Bats are a common creature found in Ontario, usually living in mines or caves. However, they often find solace in homes, setting up their living areas in attic spaces and wall voids. As a homeowner in Ontario, it is important to learn more about bats common to the province as well as bat exclusion. This way, you can recognize if you have a bat issue and contact wildlife removal services for assistance.
There are two groups of bat species found in Ontario; one of which is migratory bats. This group of bats will spend the winter in the south and then return to Canada during the summer months. This grouping includes the silver-haired bat, hoary bat, and red bat. They have long wings that allow for a better lift off during flight and can be identified by the colour of their coat.
In this category, the bats associated include the eastern small-footed bat, little brown bat, tri-coloured bat, big brown bat and the northern long-eared bat. Of these bats, the little brown bat and the big brown bat are most likely to live and colonize inside houses. Little and big brown bats find their way into the attic and walls of houses through small gaps and openings along the roof line.
How Bats Affect the Home
When bats form colonies inside your home, they introduce serious health risks and can be a real nuisance. Bats pose a serious health risk to individuals in the home as they leave behind droppings that can carry disease and are also carriers of the deadly rabies virus.
When you find that bats have taken residency in your home, you want to have them removed quickly. It is best to seek professional assistance. A wildlife technician that is trained in bat removal will be able to identify the entry points and then remove the bats, sealing off entry points so they can no longer enter the home. Knowledge of bat behaviour is a must so that all bats are removed from the home and no babies are left behind.
Once the bats have been removed and entry points sealed, the home will need to be cleaned and cleared. A qualified technician will recommend to the homeowner what needs to be done in order to remove any contaminated material to remove any potential health risk from the home. Insulation repair may be needed as well as restoration of the attic space depending on the length of time the bats were in the home as well as damage left behind.
Overall, you will need expert assistance if you wish to see the bats removed and no further issue with the creatures in your home for years to come. At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, services are provided for bat removal that will see the creatures humanely removed from the home and preventative maintenance in place to ensure that bats are not able to gain access to the space in the future. Give Skedaddle a call when you find bats are living in your home.