Kawartha Lakes Bat Problem Services
I have been providing bat problem services in Kawartha Lakes for 3 decades. In that time, I have seen many companies come and go offering bat problem services in Kawartha Lakes. Unfortunately, most of them were not bat problem specialists, but were usually wildlife problem companies offering services for Kawartha Lakes bat problems, as well as all other types of urban pests. They usually mostly dealt with raccoons, squirrels, and skunks, and every time they seemed to dabble in bat trouble, they failed to do the job properly. It usually seemed like they were trying to fix the Kawartha Lakes bat problems using raccoon- and squirrel-proof methods.
My name is Benjamin Vaughan and I specialize in residential bat problems. If you haven't already, I recommend that all of my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes watch my video on residential bat problems first. This video explains how and why bats enter our homes and living spaces.
By the way, what I'm going to tell you about applies mainly to bats in Ontario and to the bat problems in Kawartha Lakes.
Many of my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes tell me they found a bat inside their house and now they can't find it. Many spent days rummaging through furniture and cleaning out cabinets in a desperate attempt to find the bat. And naturally they wonder where the hell he went. Luckily there is a simple explanation for all this.
In Ontario, more than 95% of all bats that appear inside houses are big brown bats. And I think probably 100% of my work on bat problems in the Kawartha Lakes involves the big browns. The great brown bat is the most abundant bat species in North America and lives peacefully in millions of homes in Ontario; in fact, most homeowners don't even know they have bats.
Large browns often climb in and out of tall buildings, needing only a small opening to get through the roof. They are quiet, nocturnal, and most of their colonies are small, making it easy for owners to overlook them. Most of my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes discover problems when one suddenly appears indoors, and if you're reading this, you should know that they can disappear just as quickly.
Most of my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes incorrectly assume it came in through a door or window, however, bats actually show up inside because they live in the walls of houses and not in attics, which are very hot in summer and very cold in winter. After entering Kawartha Lake, they use the gaps next to pipes and chimneys to get into walls, and in some houses they can go down into an unfinished space like a basement or furnace room, once inside, they move easily from one room to another by crawling under doors.
What my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes also don't know is that bats often return to the walls they came out of, and if you do all the research in the world, you won't find them.
If you look at the unfinished ceiling of a typical client with a bat problem in Kawartha Lakes, you can see the gaps next to the pipes and ducts that bats use to get out of the walls and into the basement. In many of my bat problems in Kawartha Lakes, client basements, bats can easily crawl onto the walls.
Large browns also disappear from the homes of my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes because they sometimes dive into duct heat registers, especially if they are scared or isolated in a room with no other way out. Sometimes they can escape through ducts or other heat registers, but many end up dying in duct work. Dead bat carcasses are often found by professional duct cleaners, especially in the furnace filter.
Many of the bats that come in are really lost and usually reappear because they have to find a way out or they will soon die of dehydration.
In winter, hibernating bats may enter after awakening to preen, mate, or move to a better hibernation site. If left alone, most will retreat to the walls and go into hibernation.
Kawartha Lakes Bat Problem Guide.
How to get rid of flying bats in your house. Step-by-step guide for clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes.
If you're sure you haven't been in contact with the bat, here are the steps to take to get it out of your home.
Step 1: Isolate the bat. I always recommend that my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes close the doors and other parts of the house. Place a towel under any door to prevent the bat from crawling under it and place a heavy book on top of any heat registers as many of my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes lose track of the bats when submerged in the heat register and end up dead in your duct.
Step 2: Open a door or window as close to the bat as possible. The bat is lost and wants to get out of the house where it can find food and water. I always tell my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes that the bat wants to get away from all the scary humans. Eventually (sometimes it can take up to an hour) it will feel the movement of cool air and will fly outside.
Step 3 – Turn off anything that makes noise. I also tell my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes that loud noises often confuse the echolocation systems of bats. Turning off anything that makes noise will go a long way in helping the bat find its way out.
Step 4: Keep an eye on the bat. Many of our clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes spend hours searching the house/room for the bat if it is hiding. When it flies, it will be sudden and silent. You may circle the room from time to time before discovering the open window.
Step 5: Remove the bat. If the bat won't leave the room on its own or if you're impatient, try to catch it and release it outside. When we are working on a bat problem in Kawartha Lakes, we always wear gloves and long pants when trying to capture the bat. Here are some methods.
Throw a towel over the bat. Once the bat is under the towel, pick it up, making sure to wrap it inside. Make sure you don't crush it!
Whenever we pick up a bat for our clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes, we typically place an empty laundry basket or wastebasket on top of the bat. Then take a newspaper, magazine or other similar object and slide it between the wall/floor and the post. Make sure you don't squeeze the bat.
Use a small mesh net to capture the bat. (A large mesh netting can also trap the bat, but it may hurt the bat, as it will likely get caught in the netting and require you to use a more hands-on approach.
Attention! to all my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes. Please no: swing the bat with a tennis racket or baseball bat.
Step 6: I warn all of my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes that they will hear a clicking noise, which means the bat is scared and may try to bite. After placing the bat inside the towel or bowl, take it out some distance from the house. Make sure all doors or windows are closed. Remove the towel or newspaper and turn the container on its side. The bat must be able to get out and fly. I remind all my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes that it is not easy for the bat to get up off the ground; therefore, if possible, push the container or towel as close to a tree as possible.
Finally, I ask all my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes, please do not harm or kill the bat. The bat was just lost. It won't come after you. However, as I tell all my clients with bat problems in Kawartha Lakes. We will have to do a bat test in your house and exclude any other bats or it will happen again.