Tips to Keep Your Property Bat Free
Eliminate Your Bat Problems — Nature Bird and Wildlife Control Ottawa Offers Tips and Suggestions on Keeping Your Property Bat-Free
Playing a significant role in our natural ecosystem, bats are known to ravenously prey on insects, and can catch up to 600 insects in 60 minutes. These mammals tend to take refuge in our homes for a number of reasons such as hibernation, nursing their young ones or as a temporary daytime roost. While they are not aggressive in nature, they do pose certain risks to you and your home. Like all mammals, they are carriers of ticks, fleas and mites, and their waste matter can cause serious health hazards. Moreover, bat droppings and urine can damage your woodwork and other building materials, weakening the structural integrity of your home.
At Nature Bird and Wildlife Control, we take bat invasions very seriously and have several suggestions for tackling this problem as well as avoiding one in the future. Read our tips on how to permanently keep your home free of bats.
Steps to Protect Your Home and Keep Bats Out
1. Identifying the Problem
You may spot bats entering or exiting your house, but there are some signs that may tell you if these unwanted guests are residing in your home:
- Listen carefully for any scratching, squeaking or fluttering sounds from inside the house, particularly behind the walls or from the attic.
- Watch for any yellowing or browning of the walls or rooftops because of bat urine.
- Check for any distinct smell of the bat excrement, called ‘guano’.
2. Checking Your Home for Vulnerability to Bats
Bats can enter your home from access points that are as little as half an inch wide. Usually, they come in droves and prefer to live in large colonies, which means that if you find a bat in your home, chances are there are more than one of them. However, it is also possible that a lone bat went astray and entered your home by mistake. Some of the typical spots that may make your home vulnerable to bats are:
- Loose or missing tiles or shingles, or any gaps in the bricks of the wall
- Any cracks or openings in the attic or other places in the home that have thick wooden beams or large pillars
Remember that bat colonies usually find more than one entry and exit point within your home. It is quite likely that they enter for their daytime roosting through one hole and leave around dusk from another opening.
3. Getting Rid of Colonies and Preventing Access
Bats are a protected species under Ontario’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, hence you need to tackle a bat problem humanely and sensitively. Once you have identified the presence of bats in your house, it is important to locate all the access points and drive out every single one of them, including the young ones. Here are a few steps to remember:
- In the daytime, check if there are any light leaks coming in from the outside, or after dark, place lights in the roost and check for any leaking light streaks from the outside.
- Seal the access points by caulking or using wooden strips. You might want to place steel wool in the gaps only after you have spotted the bat colony leaving the home for their feeding trip.
- Alternately, fix a half-inch polypropylene bird netting near the exit points and extend a few inches to each side of the hole. Let the bottom of the net hang free so that bats can leave the premises. Typically, in about two to three nights, the bats will leave your home permanently. Thereafter, you can completely seal the access points.
- If you have noticed baby bats in the roost, then wait until late July when the young ones of most bat species are able to fly out by themselves.
Ottawa’s Professional Exterminators Help Keep Your Home Bat-Free
Since it is illegal to kill bats, getting rid of them needs to be handled very carefully by professionals trained in wildlife control. In addition to driving out the entire drove and securing your home, the roost area also needs to be cleaned properly. Without a thorough cleaning of the bat urine stains and bat droppings, the strong odors associated with them may actually attract bats to explore new openings and re-enter your home.
At Nature Bird and Wildlife Control Ottawa, we have the specialized skills and equipment to help you get rid of bats as well as other insects, birds, rodents and pesky creatures. We have been serving residential and commercial customers for nearly 40 years and our qualified technicians attend to client calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For all your wildlife control needs in Ottawa, Gatineau and Outaouais region, rely on Nature. Call our toll-free number 1-877-343-9849 or contact us online.