Bats Hibernating in House

Bats Hibernating in House: What to Do

Bats are fascinating animals with a spooky reputation. They’re nearly impossible to see at night, and some species feed solely on the blood of animals. If you’re worried there are bats in your home, don’t panic. Bats in Ontario are insectivores that keep their distance from humans. Stay calm and contact your nearest bat removal company. A technician will inspect the situation and come up with a swift and humane removal plan. While you will likely have to wait until spring, know that bats are not dangerous, and the problem will be solved soon.

There are two kinds of bats that roost in Ontario homes: the little brown bat and the big brown bat. Both are small, fuzzy, brown bats that feed solely on insects. In the wild, they roost in caves, tree hollows, abandoned mines, and other quiet, enclosed areas of the forest. However, these bats will make themselves at home in attics if there is nowhere else to roost nearby. Colonies usually move into attics in the spring, when it is mating season, and in the fall, when they prepare for hibernation. Bats are mostly inactive during the winter.

Bats can go unnoticed in the attic because they are very quiet. The most telling sign is the presence of guano along the sides of the house and on the attic floor. Piles of guano directly below the rafters are a clear indicator. Sometimes, in winter, when there is a change in temperature, the bats will shuffle around and go into the walls of the home. From here, a bat may get into the house. Given that bats may carry the rabies virus, it is important that you have the animals removed as soon as possible.

How to Get Rid of Bats in the House

The problem with finding bats in the home during the wintertime is that you cannot have them removed. Bats are protected animals in Ontario, so they cannot be harmed – especially in this vulnerable state. You will need to wait until the spring, when the bats are active, before you can have them evicted. Contact a bat removal specialist and he or she will determine the bats’ entry point and when it will be safe to remove them. A one-way door will be installed at the bats’ entrance, which will let them out safely when they want to feed. Once out, they will find another place to live.

The professionals at Bat Control offer guaranteed bat removal services as well as cleanup and exclusion. We can not only get rid of the bats in your attic but help prevent them from coming back by sealing all potential entry points. We can exclude soffits, roof vents, chimneys, and more. Our exclusion services come with a 2-year warranty, so if bats were to return, we will come back and fix the problem free of charge. If you need help removing guano, we can do that too. We offer feces removal in addition to wildlife removal and exclusion.