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How to Humanely Remove a Bat from Your Home

Bat close-ups 017Removing a bat from your home can be very dangerous and great care should always be taken. Bats, like other mammals, are capable of carrying the rabies virus. Among reported cases of rabies in wild animals, bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes are the most common. The rabies virus is most often transmitted to humans through a bite from a rabid animal. While bats are not aggressive animals, they are certainly capable of biting in self defense if they feel threatened.

Should you discover a bat in your home, you may be able to encourage it to leave by opening doors and windows. Bats will feel the movement of air and may eventually find their way outdoors. Be careful, any lights that are left on may prevent the bats from exiting. Bats are accustomed to flying at night and in a well-lit room they are more likely to seek darkness inside ductwork or behind bookshelves and curtains than to escape outside. Of course, hoping for a bat to find an open window in the dark may not provide swift or certain results.

In most cases, removing a bat from a home is best done by capturing it with a gloved hand, net or plastic container. This type of control requires nerve and skill and should be performed by an experienced professional. You can assist in the process by keeping an eye on the bats movements and confining to a single room. Remember to place a towel at the base of the door so it cannot slip out unnoticed.

Once captured, it is important for homeowners to consult with their doctor or local health department about next steps. If there is a risk that the bat has come into contact with humans or pets they may deem it necessary to test the bat for babies. For this reason, captured bats should not be killed or immediately released, but instead secured in a breathable container. Finally, it is important to have your home inspected by a professional to determine where and how the bat entered.

If you don’t have the courage to capture bats all by yourself, then it’s best to consult a professional to do it for you. We don’t just exterminate bats; bats are very important animals and have a role to play for a safer, better environment. Killing bats is illegal and besides, they are essential for insect control, since they consume huge amounts of mosquitoes and moths. They do not belong in your home, but they shouldn’t be killed either. We make use of professional and humane methods to rid your home of bats. Examples of such humane methods include insecticides, taste deterrents, disinfectants, trapping, venting, and sealants.

If you want to know more about how to eliminate bats in your home in a safe and humane way, don’t hesitate to call us. Skedaddle is open for consultation 24 hours a day and we can come visit your home anytime of the day (or night). We can also give free analysis over the phone first if that’s what you prefer. Skedaddle has specialists available 24 hours a day to ensure that you are not left alone to handle a potentially rabid bat. Our specialists will arrive day or night to locate and capture a bat inside your home.

Why do bats live in homes?

Of all the species of wildlife that Skedaddle humanely removes and excludes from properties, bats are far and away the most misunderstood. Despite their small size, bats have little trouble inducing fear and anxiety in humans. The ancient myths and misperceptions surrounding bats continue to this day, and though they can be harmful to humans, bats play an important and beneficial role in the ecosystems they call home. A single bat can consume up to 600 mosquitos in a night. Fortunately, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s trained bat specialists are available to help you get rid of the bats in your belfry.

United Church in Caledonia 017The very thought of a bat flying around their bedroom is enough to drive most homeowners into a panic. Many are surprised and shocked to learn that their attic has become home to a colony of winged guests. Although eighteen types of bats are found in Canada, the most common varieties living inside man-made structures are the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat. Colonies can range in size from a dozen to several hundred. Little Brown Bats typically live in larger colonies. When insects are active, both bats will begin exiting their roosts to feed almost immediately after dusk and return before first light. Bats are insectivores, feeding primarily on small flying insects like mosquitos, moths, wasps, and beetles that they capture mid-flight.

IMAG0315Homes and attics provide bats with warm and consistent temperatures as well as protection from predators when they are not feeding. A firm understanding of bat biology and behaviour is critical to their control. Bats in Canada enter hibernation in early September as the weather cools and flying insects become harder to find. During winter some bats will migrate several hundred kilometers to large communal roosts located in caves and abandoned mines. Still, the majority of Little Brown Bats and Big Brown Bats will spend their winters inside man-made structures. It is not entirely uncommon for bats living in the attic to find their way into the living space of a home in the dead of winter as sudden increases in temperature can cause bats to awaken from hibernation.

DSC01998But why my house, you ask. Just like other animals, bats look for safe spots to stay in, especially for their hibernation period. Homes with structural defects are attractive to bats. So if your house has loose vents, loose shingles, and small holes, chances are high that you will play host to a bunch of bats. Once they find your house to their liking, they will raise their young in the remote corners of your household. Once bats find a safe and warm place to stay, they are most likely to stay in that spot unless they are forced to vacate due to weather and extraction. Even if you are an animal lover and wouldn’t mind sheltering bats, you still need to have them evicted. Bats can damage your property and can be considered as a health risk. If someone visits your home and gets bitten by a bat, you will be held liable with whatever happens to him, medically.

How do I know if I have Bats?

20130620_142930With over 24 years of experience controlling bats, Skedaddle knows that seeing a bat flying around the living space is the most common way for a homeowner to discover they have a bat problem. Our specialists know that “bat season” has officially arrived when we begin receiving frantic calls the middle of night from homeowners reporting a bat flying around their bedroom. These calls typically begin in late May and reach their peak through August when temperatures are at their hottest and bats are their most active. Bat populations peak during the summer months when those bats born in June begin to take flight. Female bats will give birth to 1-2 bats each June and they will live together, separate from males in nursery roosts during the summer.

It is precisely during this time that bats begin making their way into bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms. Most homeowners who have awoken to the site of a bat flying overhead assume that it found its way into the home through and open door or window – especially during the dog days of summer.  Often, it is not until the second, third or fourth occurrence that they begin to believe that the problem may be more serious. Bats navigate using finely tuned echolocation that allows them to both avoid obstacles and locate insects. It is almost never the case that a bat would mistakenly leave the outdoors, where insects are plentiful on a summer’s night, to travel through an open door or window to the interior of a home. Instead, the vast majority of bats who find themselves in the living space of a home have made their way from the walls or attic. A frightening thought for most.

2012 - 1Upon learning that a colony of bats has made themselves at home in the attic, customers always ask, “How did they get from my attic into the house?” The answer comes as a surprise to most. It is not hard to imagine just how hot it can get inside your home’s walls and attic during the height of summer. We know that bats enjoy warm stable temperatures, but even they have their limits. As a nocturnal mammal, bats sleep in their roosts during the day. As the temperatures inside your home’s interior rise during summer, bats will begin to sleepwalk downward in search of cooler and more comfortable temperatures. Unfortunately, once they wake up in the evening to feed, bats will often find that they have travelled too far from their usual roosting locating and are now unable to locate their entry and exit point. The bat is now lost and disoriented. While crawling within the walls in search of the outdoors, bats may inadvertently emerge into the living space of the home. Bats like these have travelled an unfamiliar path into the living space and have very little chance of returning back into the wall cavity.

Fortunately, Skedaddle has specialists available 24 hours a day to ensure that you are not left alone to handle a potentially rabid bat. Our specialists will arrive day or night to locate and capture a bat inside your home.