Rose blooms are not the only thing signaling the approach of summer. It’s also nesting time for bats.
Bats may have an important place in the ecosystem, but they also can carry rabies. Plus, they scare a lot of people, including your tenants.
Pregnant bats nest in the spring, and give birth over the summer. One of the best nesting areas — from a bat’s perspective — is a warm house.
According to Horacio Parreira, owner of City & Country Pest Control in Toronto, bats don’t chew their way into structures. They get in through pre-existing gaps and holes.
Parreira is warning property owners and tenants to be on the lookout for bats this spring after a Saskatoon tenant found dozens of them living in her apartment. Despite efforts from the property manager to eradicate the pests, the tenant was forced to vacate.
The big brown bat and the little brown bat are the two most common types of bats found in the Greater Toronto Area.
Parreira says that when it comes to ridding a home of bats, timing is critical. If a nursery colony has taken up residence in an attic or under a porch, it may be easier to wait until the young are able to fly.
That’s because immature pups likely will die if the adults are moved. That’s going to lead to a troubling odor problem. Also, once mothers are separated from their pups, they may fly into different rooms of the house looking for ways back to the roost.
Trying to exclude bats on your own with poisons or other methods can increase the risks. If you or your tenants find bats around your rental property, the best course of action is simple: call in a professional company like City & Country Pest Control. These experts will conduct a thorough inspection of the property and provide a plan for humanely and safely removing the bats, and minimizing your tenants’ discomfort.
Parrerria’s firm serves clients throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Golden Horseshoe, Southwestern Ontario, and all of Durham region.
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