Bats are small, warm-blooded, mammals with the unique ability to fly. Bats use echolocation to find small insects and can eat up to three times their body weight in insects each night. Bats can roost in caves and cliffs, but most often form colonies in homes and buildings. Once inside, bats enjoy the consistent temperatures offered by walls and attics. Although colonies can vary greatly in size, bats can cause building damage and pose serious health risks.
The warm spring breeze that melts the cold snow away also awakens resting bats from their long winter hibernation. Bats are one of the few urban wildlife species that enter full hibernation during the winter months. As warm weather arrives, rising insect populations soon follow, allowing bats access to nutrients as they awaken. Bats lose up to 50% of their body weight during hibernation, so they will begin scavenging for food the moment they wake. Mother bats give birth to only one pup at a time, usually around mid-summer. While their litters are much smaller than other wildlife populations, mothers still search for warm, secluded areas to raise their young. The walls and attics of homes are a favourite choice of mother bats.
Bat removal and exclusion work can only be safely and legally performed at two periods throughout the year: in the spring before the birthing season begins, and in the fall before hibernation begins. This gives homeowners a narrow window before the birthing season begins in mid-summer, so be sure to act with extreme urgency at the first sign of bat activity this spring. After closely sealing and securing all possible entry areas to your home, Skedaddle will install one-way doors that allow bats to exit your home without the ability to return. The sooner bats are removed, the less likely they will stay to raise their young.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s Wildlife Technicians are trained to identify bat entry points (they can fit through a hole the size of a dime!), followed by locating the bat colony and determining the phase of the breeding cycle. To ensure a humane and economical removal, within the boundaries of the law, our strategy involves removing the entire bat colony from your home. Our knowledge of bat behaviour and biology ensures that breeding bats do not leave behind their babies, a situation that can increase health concerns and costs.
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Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s wildlife removal strategy is humane, safe and reliable. Part of our process involves clearing and cleaning any contaminated material, like droppings or carcasses, that can pose serious health risks. Your Wildlife Technician will advise cleaning and clearing tactics, like insulation repair and attic restoration, depending on the severity of contamination. This will help ensure a safe and healthy future for you and your family.
The next step in Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s process after humanely removing and safely cleaning up after wildlife, is ensuring that your home and family are protected. To prevent against future re-entry, your Wildlife Technician will use Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s pioneered exclusion sealant to fill even the tiniest gaps and holes leading into your home. For your protection, our Wildlife Technicians will advise you to contact your local Public Health Department, who will determine whether or not to test a bat that has entered your home for rabies, and if those at risk for contact require post-exposure rabies shots.
Although bats provide a very important role in our environment (a single bat can eat up to 3,000 insects, including mosquitoes, in one night), they can also be dangerous if they roost in buildings or come into contact with people. It’s a myth that bats in Canada fly in your hair or suck your blood, but there are many other problems they can cause, leaving many wondering how to get rid of bats.
FACT: Bats can bite you when you’re sleeping or if you attempt to catch them. If inhaled, bat droppings can cause histoplasmosis, which is characterized by flu-like symptoms. The very young, very old and those with impaired immune systems are at greatest risk for severe illness.
FACT: Bats hibernate when temperatures dip below 10°C (e.g. September to April) and young bats may be left to die if a parent is killed. They typically feed on a 24-48 hour cycle – removing the active bats from your house may mean you’re only catching half the colony.
FACT: A bat can fit through a hole the size of a dime. Simply closing holes doesn’t work. Bats will often find another way out (and back in again) and if they die in your house or business, they will cause odour and damage.