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Bats are animals that are most certainly not welcome in your home, yet they find their way into many homes every year. Bats carry more risks than most animals as they can not only damage your home but even worse, can greatly affect your and your family’s health as well. There are ways to protect your home to minimize the chances of bats getting into it, but they are sneaky little creatures and can squeeze through very small spaces.
Bats enjoy dry and warm places to stay for the winter and are attracted to chimneys, attics, and within walls. Bats can reproduce very quickly, so it’s important to be proactive and get on top of the situation if there is any level of suspicion that bats have been living inside your home – no matter where that may be.
Take note that it’s illegal to kill most types of bats in Ontario as they are protected under the Fish and Wildlife Act, so the only way to remove them from your home is through a humane bat removal process where they aren’t killed – just locked out of where they’ve been living, or removed and relocated
Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what type of animal may be in your walls or attic, below is some information to read over to determine if bats have made your home their home.
How to Tell if You Have a Bat in Your House
Bats are surprisingly quiet when in a residence, but if they get in a bad situation where they are stuck in a wall cavity, for example, and are trying to get into a better situation, they will scratch and flap their wings.
If you hear noises that include a distinct scratching or scurrying sounds, then chances are your home is in a “bat situation” and you will need to call a wildlife removal company for help.
Seeing Them With Your Own Eyes
Perhaps the best evidence that you have a bat colony growing in your home is seeing visual evidence in the form of piles of guano aka bat droppings. Much like humans, bats are also creatures of habit and enter and exit homes usually through one or two openings and relieve themselves as they squeeze in and out of tight spaces.
By looking for vulnerable areas around your home – openings in bricks, siding, soffit panels, and roofline areas are good places to check. If you see any form of droppings directly below those areas of concern, then odds are you and your family aren’t the only living and breathing residents of your home. If you have heard some noises in your home that don’t sound human, and you can’t find any visual sign of guano piles, then you may have a mice issue to deal with – either way, it’s best to call a wildlife removal company to assess the situation, and then deal with it accordingly.
When and What Time Matters
Be sure to pay attention to what time of the year and what time of the day you are observing suspicious activity – this is another way to determine if you got a bat issue or some kind of other animals to deal with. Bats hibernate when the colder weather hits in Ontario – usually from November to March is when these animals look for a safe and sheltered home for a few months.
You can still encounter bats in some way during this time period though, as bats may become active if a warm spell occurs and they think it’s spring or if excessive heat from your home reaches them and fools them. If you hear something that resembles an animal or see anything during the colder months, then be sure to get a professional in to rectify the potential problem before spring rolls around and the mating season begins.
Bats will also wake up and become active during the colder months if they experience white-nose syndrome – a fungus that grows on their noses and can kill them if not dealt with in a timely matter. Bats need to groom themselves to remove this fungus – this, in turn, expels more energy and as a result, their food supply drops faster than it otherwise would if they had no health situations to deal with. When their food supply runs out, they are forced to look for more, and will often look for ways to get inside the main living spaces of a home to hunt for it.
The time of the day also plays a factor as well, bats, as you may know, are nocturnal animals who are most active at night and stay idle during daylight hours. They will at times fly around during the day to find insects to eat when the weather is less than ideal to eat enough food at nighttime.
If you regularly see bats flying around your home, no matter what time of day it is, then be extra aware that those very bats could be living in your very own home. If you have any kind of doubt about bats residing in your home, then be sure to contact a quality wildlife removal company to get on top of what could be a huge emerging problem in the making.