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BAT REMOVAL PROCESS

ASSESS AND REMOVE

Assess and Remove

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.

clear and clean

Clear and Clean

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.

PREVENT AND PROTECT

Prevent and Protect

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 in Ottawa

 

Bats serve important roles in our ecosystems. They are key to keeping insect populations under control. Imagine the number of mosquito bites you might get on a summer’s day if they weren’t around! They also eat moths, beetles, crickets and grasshoppers, thereby protecting agricultural crops from insect damage.

In other parts of the world, bats are critical pollinators and seed dispersers. The cacao beans that bring you your favourite chocolate bar depend in part on bats for pollination. Even so, a bat colony in your attic is not desirable. Our humane bat removal team in Ottawa takes care of the issue while keeping the bats safe.

All of the bats that live in Ontario are insectivores, and they all hibernate for the winter. They spend the fall season adding some extra fat to their bodies and will live off of their caloric stores while they sleep away the cold months. During this time period, their metabolism drops, which reduces how many of those precious calories they burn. Their body temperatures also plummet to just above freezing and their heartbeats slow way down.

Bats need a safe space to slumber and one with consistently cool temperatures. Ontario’s caves, rock crevices and mines are the preferred locations for most of the species that spend their winter months in our province. A few migrating species prefer to winter in the trees. The big and little brown bats, however, are just as happy with your attic as they are with caves and mines. You are less likely to notice their presence during the winter, but if the temperatures warm up enough, they can arouse from sleep for a few hours.

Bat Facts

All bats are protected species according to both provincial and Canadian laws. It is illegal to harm or kill them, nor can you keep them as pets. They are generally not a danger to humans, but they do have the potential to transmit rabies, so it is not advisable to handle bats yourself. Skedaddle’s humane wildlife control measures ensure the safe handling and removal of bats.

FACT:

Bats are the only mammals that can actually fly, and they are arguably better at it than birds! This is due to the structure of their wings. These are formed around hands, and all five digits are flexible, which gives them great maneuverability and precision in flight.

FACT:

While erecting a bat house can help to conserve bat populations it won’t stop them from living inside the walls of your house. The best way to get rid of bats inside your home is to employ humane bat removal methods.

FACT:

Insect-eating bats are being severely impacted by white-nose syndrome, a fatal fungal disease. The fungus proliferates in caves and mines and infects the bats during their hibernation period. Since 2006, more than 6.7 million bats have succumbed to the disease.

FACT:

Bats have tremendous hearing. When they emit a sound, the sound bounces off of objects in their path. The information they receive from these echoes tells the bat the size and shape of the object and can even tell them the direction of movement. This bat adaptation is called echolocation, and it is key in helping bats locate and catch prey.

FACT:

Bats have voracious appetites. They are capable of consuming as many as 1,000 insects in just one hour! A nursing female needs to eat as many as 4,500 bugs per night to feed her pup.

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