These creatures are masters of the dark so make sure you have a flash light handy or you will just hear noise and smell these little animals
Bats are truly unique as they are the only mammal capable of flight and contrary to what most people believe, bats do have good eyesight. Canada has 19 species of bats, but there are 18 species (most commonly little brown bat and big brown bat) commonly roost in attics, overhangs, porch areas and other parts of human dwellings.
Bats can fit anywhere they can fit their head, so they can take advantage of small cracks and gaps in your home or building. Any area larger than penny is a potential entry point. To truly solve a bat problem in the safest and most humane way possible, the issue requires a trained professional with an understanding of bat habits and biology and a thorough building/home inspection and proofing.
Each bat removal begins with a complete inspection of the building or home by one of our technicians. This will determine where the bats are entering. Once we have determined what needs to be done outside, a complete attic inspection is done to determine the size of the colony and the amount of guano in the attic. In some cases, the guano must be removed and the attic reinsulated. Often the size of the colony can't be determined because the roost may be in a wall or some quality silicone. Larger gaps that cannot be caulked should be closed with fine steel screen. All roof/soffit intersections, roof vents, plumbing mats and chimney must be screened as well. In a situation where the roof or fascia gap is an issue, it will be screened or sealed with a steel drip guard. Once bat exclusion work is complete, we can begin the removal process.
Here are the main problem you may encounter when dealing with a bat
Bats, depending on the species tend to reside either in your attic or in your walls. There are two species of bat that can infest your residence – Little Brown Bats and Big Brown Bats.
Bats can damage heating/cooling systems in the attic
Don't handle bats unless you are trained in handling them, are using appropriate personal equipment and are vaccinated against rabies.
3-5 % of bats found in homes test positive for rabies. Bats have very small teeth so bits may go undetected
Bat guano has been linked to histoplasmosis, a very serious lung infection
Bat guano raises moisture content in the attic, encouraging wood-rot, guano and urine builds up over time, causing odours and attracting insects
When performing a bat removal procedure, we need to be aware of what the bats are doing at that time of year. In winter for example, a complete removal is biologically impossible because the bats are hibernating. We can install bat one-doors at the time, but the doors must remain in place until at least mid-May when the bats are active. In summer we have a brief window that lasts until mid-June when the bats have their pups. Throughout the month of June and most of July we cannot install on-way doors because this will kill the bat pups that aren't ready to leave the maternal colony. Bats do develop quickly and by the end of July, the majority of pups are foraging for insects outside. The months of August and September are peak months for bat activity – it is the simplest time to do removals. As the nights begin to cool towards mid-October, the bats will begin to hibernate. Again, we can install one-way doors at this point but they must remain on until the following spring.
Here are some final thoughts we have to share with you directly from our owner operator of 20 years Dan Adamson. After this I'm sure you will be convinced that we are the right team for you and DIY may no be the best option in this case.
Our goal when I created CWC over 10 yrs ago was the same as it is today: to provide the best possible animal and pest control company in the marketplace through these company mission goals.
1. Best possible customer service in the market
2. Best possible prices in the market
3. Best possible humane removal of wildlife in the market.
To this day we strive to meet each of these goals with every customer we have the pleasure of working for. I give you my word.