Bats are quick, quiet, and often unpredictable. If you spot a bat, it will most likely be around dusk or after dark and you may have to look twice. While they are unique and interesting animals, bats are an uncommon houseguest.
If you find a bat on your property, the Toronto bat removal technicians at ICE Pest can provide humane removal and prevention services to keep your home and business safe. Bats are sometimes known to carry rabies and other diseases, so it is important to deal with the situation if you suspect you may have a family living in or close to your home.
Behaviours and Habitat of Bats in Ontario
Bats are very common in Ontario, especially brown bats, which can be spotted across the Greater Toronto Area. Below are a few interesting facts about bats that will help you understand their behaviour patterns and spot an invasion before it becomes a serious issue:
Hearing is Seeing – Bats have very poor eyesight and use echolocation, or high-frequency soundwaves, to create a mental map of their surroundings. By using sound, they can create a mental image of a space that rivals other well-sighted animals in clarity and detail.
Nesting Season – After mating with the males in the fall, female bats wait to impregnate themselves once hibernation is over in the spring. Bats are usually born in late spring, but timing will vary year to year depending on when it starts to get warmer. During the spring it is important to be on the lookout for baby bats and to take action to remove a nest before babies are born.
Nocturnal Habits – Bats are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night and primarily sleep during the day. If you see a bat that is active during the daylight, it may carry rabies or another illness such as white nose syndrome that develops during hibernation. In unknown situations, always avoid contact with the animal and speak to our pest control technicians serving North York and surrounding areas of the GTA to manage the situation on your behalf.
Pesky Diet – The presence of bats can sometimes be beneficial for people in residential neighbourhoods and cottage country, especially because their diets consist of mosquitos and moths. Unless they are causing damage to your property or are nesting there, bats are known to be helpful to the ecosystem and will pose little harm to humans if they are living in the wild.
Habitats of Bats – In the city itself, bats can be spotted around High Park and other green areas. Residential neighborhoods north of the city, such as Richmond Hill, North York, and Mississauga are also common places to spot bats. Because their habitats are becoming scarce, it is increasingly likely for bats to use man-made structures such as churches, attics, and residential shutters to roost. The animals will discretely enter through small holes and gaps, so be sure to check your home for possible entry points in the fall before hibernation season and in early spring before the babies are born.
Call the North York Pest Control Experts to Remove Bats from Your Property
If you discover that a bat has taken up residence in your home, call ICE Pest Control for bat removal in Toronto. Rather than risking your safety and your health, let our trained professionals handle the situation for you. We have years of experience dealing with bats and other wildlife or pest infestations on residential and commercial properties. Using a process called exclusion, we will build a one-way system which safely coaxes the bat out and prevents it from re-entering.
Contact us today to learn more about pest control and to schedule your bat removal appointment today.