Some further reading on our provincial bats:
There are 9 species of bat in Ontario. The main structural invaders are the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) and the big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus). They are beneficial to the environment, just not our personal environment. Most human health issues from bats are caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites in their guano (excrement), these include histoplasmosis, ebola, rabies and bat bugs which are a relative of bed bugs. It is thought that the 2014 ebola outbreak in West Africa originated from contact with an infected bat.
Naturally, these bat species would live in tree cavities or rock crevasses/caves. Unfortunately, they also seem to like attics and this is how we can be exposed to the pathogens they carry.
Both little brown and big brown bats are sensitive to a fungus called white nose syndrome, an exotic species likely transferred from Europe to North America by cave explorers. The syndrome is reducing their numbers so it's important to preserve them while keeping them out of our homes and cottages. Eco-Choice Pest Control offers bat removal and seal-up in a way that ensures the bats have time to get out, but then can't get back in. There are always natural roost sites for them, sometimes they just have to be tempted out of our cozy spaces.
Interesting side note!
Bat bugs and bed bugs are the only species in the genus Cimex and descended from a common ancestor...kissing cousins?
Typical evidence of a bat infestation and main entry/exit point. Doesn't look like much, does it? Those greasy smears, though, are urine stains. Hard to believe they can squeeze their bodies through that tiny hole in the wood at the top...yes there is a hole there! A trained eye can be invaluable in property assessments. Give us a call before you buy to make sure you're not buying into a problem!
Bats are beneficial to the environment, but downright dangerous to have in our home or cottage. We understand their ecological importance and treat infestations in a manner which evicts the bats without causing them any harm. The cost for this service is completely dependent upon the size of the building and the severity of bat entry points - which can be as small as a pencil eraser - and is very intensive in both labour and material, requiring careful inspection along the entire upper half of the dwelling. Our base price for a bat seal-up is $1500 and generally carries a one-year guarantee, with an option to re-treat the following year for a fraction of the original cost, ensuring re-infestations will not be a concern.
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If you encounter a bat in your home or cottage, don't handle it without really good gloves! Those teeth are as sharp as they look. If taking it outside, place somewhere protected because they will likely stumble around a bit before getting their balance.