Bats

Identification

  • Colour Glossy brown or black
  • Size From 6 cm to 10 cm long, with wingspan of up to 27 cm
  • Description Small, furry creatures with long, thin wings and large ears. Their wings are hairless, but their bodies are covered in glossy brown or black fur.
  • Notes Even though many people believe that bats are blind, the flying mammals can see despite their relatively poor eyesight.

General Facts

Why do I have Bats?

Bats are nocturnal creatures that prefer to forage in open fields, marsh areas, and grasslands where they can freely hunt for insects including moths, beetles, mosquitoes, and ants. They will hunt all night, then seek out places to hang and "roost" during the day. Communal species, including the little brown bat and the big brown bat, like to roost from bridges, caves, and rock crevices. Meanwhile, solitary bats prefer hanging in hollow trees or underneath overhanging ledges. Sometimes, seeking out places similar to their natural habitat, bats enter homes. Access is typically gained through open windows and doors, broken or poorly fitted screens, and loose or missing roof shingles. Upon entering, they usually end up roosting, and giving birth to young, in attics.

How worried should I be about Bats?

Bat droppings, also called guano, can cause serious damage to your home. If enough guano builds up in your attic, ceilings can sag and collapse. Bat droppings also stain walls and cultivate the growth of histoplasmosis, an unpleasant lung disease. Bats also have sharp teeth and are capable of biting when they feel threatened, which increases the risk of rabies which is a fatal illness that targets the brain and nervous system. Bats can also transmit other serious diseases including ebola, lyssavirus, nipah, and hendra viruses. Note that, as well as being very dangerous to handle, bats are also a protected species in Canada, so their safe removal should be left to a professional pest control service, who will eliminate your bat problem in compliance with the law, and ensure they don't return.

How can I prevent Bats invading?

Seal all gaps in siding, Close all attic windows, Install screening over chimneys, Place screening over vents, Be careful not to seal bats inside

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