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Endangered Bats in Ontario: Quick Tips for Removal

As a homeowner, if you have bats in your attic, you may wonder how you can remove them humanely. There are certain laws and regulations that may be applicable, especially in Ontario, with regards to bats, and how you can legally and humanely remove bats from your house.

When it comes to bat removal in Ontario, the law is very clear. It is illegal to kill bats if they have intruded in your home or attic, under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. The Act lists various bat species in Ontario that are seen as Specially Protected Mammals, which means they cannot be hunted, trapped or killed. It’s important to know this as you can land yourself in trouble if you try to remove or kill any of these bats on your own.


A bat resting on a brick wall.

Endangered Bats


The Little Brown Bat is commonly found in attics, and it is one of the bats listed on the endangered species list. With the bat epidemic becoming so severe, it’s important to be able to preserve these, and other endangered bats wherever possible.

There are two more types of bats that are listed as endangered, and these include the Tri-coloured Bat and the Northern Myotis. Numbers of little brown bats have significantly declined recently, making it essential for the public to be aware of the dangers of killing more of these bats, and the importance of preserving them. That’s why professional bat removal services are recommended to remove them.

The main reason for the fact that bats in Canada have become endangered is due to a fungus that spread, namely White-Nose Syndrome. This is a skin infection that thrives in colder temperatures and specifically grows around wings, ears and noses. It makes bats very sick and quickly depletes their fat storage, causing them to starve. It’s a deadly disease that has spread to thousands of bats throughout North America and to date around six million bats have died because of it.

Professional Bat Removal


It’s always recommended to call in the experts. Professional removal teams will know how to handle these species, and how to effectively remove them without harming them. This is especially true for bats on the list of endangered species, as mentioned above.

Humane bat removal can only take place during certain times of the year when they are out of hibernation and when there are no immobile babies. Bats have specific hibernation and birthing cycles that must be understood to avoid harm during removal. Without experience and knowledge about bat biology you could unwittingly lock bats inside your home to die when attempting to exclude them.

If you are in need of a professional to remove bats on your property, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. We specialize in bat removal and our expert team can help you to easily and safely get rid of rodents on your property. Contact us today to find out more about our services.

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