The key to removing bats from your home is determining their entry points. Bats can enter through small openings and leave very little trace behind. Our expert technicians will identify all the entry points and evict the colony humanely using one-way doors that allow the bats to leave for food but prevent their re-entry.
Depending on the size of the colony and how long they’ve been living in the home there could be a large mess to clean up. Our wildlife technicians will thoroughly remove bat guano and disinfect the space to eliminate any harmful traces left behind.
Our wildlife technicians will provide a full, comprehensive protection plan against any future bat infestations. This would include sealing all the tiny gaps and openings around your home’s roofline to keep bats out.
Bats tend to have a bad reputation that is largely undeserved. They are the only mammal that can truly fly, and their keen hearing allows them to detect obstacles and easily locate prey through a process called echolocation. Many species of bats are undergoing severe population decline due to white-nose syndrome, a highly contagious disease that can be fatal for those it infects. Though having bats in your house is undesirable, they are a provincially and nationally protected species, making it illegal to harm or kill them. Therefore, it is essential to get the help of a professional to ensure proper removal. For bat removal in Hamilton, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control.
In the wintertime, bat food sources all but disappear. The bats that live in Ontario are all insectivores, and the cold weather means far fewer insects flying around. In order to conserve their energy, bats in cold climates go into hibernation during the winter months. In this state of deep slumber, a bat’s heartbeat drops down to 10 beats a minute, compared to their normal rates of 200-300 beats per minute. Their metabolism also slows dramatically.
When they enter into their long winter’s nap, they are able to live off of the extra calories they consumed and stored during the fall. The perfect hibernation spot is one that offers protection from both the weather and predators and a consistently cool temperature. Caves, rock crevices and mines all fit the bill, but so does your attic! If the temperature is warm enough, bats may rouse from their sleep for a few hours.
The fear of bats is generally misplaced, though this nocturnal creature is a potential carrier for rabies. They also serve as hosts for a number of other viruses that can cause illnesses in humans. For this reason, handling a bat is never recommended. While they are not aggressive, they are known to bite when they are scared or threatened. Bat removal in Hamilton requires specialized knowledge to keep you and the bats safe from harm.
The big brown bat is one of two species, along with the little brown bat, that will live inside homes. During winter, these bats may hibernate for a solid six months!
Bats perform an important role in our ecosystem by controlling insect population. Bats can consume 50 to over 100 percent of their body weight in insects, usually mosquitos, moths and beetles, when they feed.
White-nose syndrome is particularly dangerous for bats that hibernate in caves and mines. The fungal disease was discovered in 2006 and has since killed more than 6.7 million bats in North America.
Contrary to popular belief, bats are not blind. They actually can see quite well, but their powers of hearing are far stronger than their sight, which is why they rely so heavily on echolocation.
In a bat colony, the males and females remain separate unless it is mating season. Mating season begins in early spring. Depending on the species, the weather and food availability, gestation can last between six and nine weeks.
Mothers are the sole providers for their offspring. Usually, the female bat gives birth to a single pup, though twins are not unheard of. While a single little brown bat can consume 1,000 mosquitos an hour, a nursing female has to consume around 4,500 insects in a night to care for her pup.