Ontario Bat Removal
As we have previously mentioned, the method used for bat removal has nothing in common with the methods used for removing other animals such as raccoons, squirrels, mice, and others. A correct bat removal does not include trapping or killing the bats that infest your home. Small Brown bats are included in the endangered species and are protected by federal law so no chemicals or poisons can be used. We do not use any type of traps, as bats can die from stress while in traps and relocation efforts are not successful.
Trapping and relocating bats is ineffective as bats tend to return to the same area where they were captured. Trapping and “moving” bats only creates a false sense of security for homeowners who see the bats “caught and hauled away”. The only correct way to get rid of the bats once and for all is to remove them and bat proof your home at the same time. If the bat proofing has been done correctly the bats will not be able to enter your building again after they have been removed.
The bat exclusion process requires several steps.
1. The first step is inspecting the structure and identify all the entrance/exit holes.
2. The second step involves bat proofing the house by sealing all gaps, cracks, and holes, leaving all the entrance/exit holes open. This will prevent the bats from finding an alternate access point into the structure after they have been removed from the building. Anyone who tells you that only a couple holes need to be fixed has no idea how bat proofing is done and is more likely to take your money and leave.
3. Step 3 is to install one-way exclusion devices that allow the bats to leave but not enter the building.
4. After the bats have been removed from the building the one-way exits are removed and the holes are sealed. This is the final step in the bat removal process.
Do your research before you hire anyone. It will save you thousands.
Bat removal and bat proofing are one of the most difficult things done correctly when it comes to wildlife. There are two factors that are usually involved in your decision who to hire and unfortunately these are the ones that cost you the most amount of money.
People when they discover that they have a bat infestation are rushed into hiring anyone that can come the same or the next day and make the problem go away. Unfortunately rushing without researching who to hire often is going to make your problem take longer to be resolved and cost more money. There are hundreds if not thousands of people every year who hire incompetent ”bat experts” which in the majority of the cases are local wildlife companies who have little to no experience.
Yes cost is an important factor and by calling around you will discover that the quotes you will get will be from a few hundred dollars to a few thousands. Cost shouldn’t be the only determining factor as hiring someone and they don’t do their job properly, you end up having lost your money and you are still stuck with a bat problem. You have to be sure that you will not waste your money and hire someone that will be able to do the bat removal properly.
There are 3 things you need to know before you hire a contractor.
Reviews are an amazing tool at your disposal that you can use to weed out contractors that do their job and those you will just take your money. When you look through reviews and especially local wildlife companies. Try to look for reviews associated with bats and not raccoons or squirrels. The amount of reviews and their quality will be a good indicator if they have enough experience dealing with bats and if they are good at it.
2. How long these companies have been around.
There are wildlife companies who offer 5 year warranty when they are in business for only 2-3 years. Also there are examples of other well established wildlife companies that they give long warranties but they re-brand themselves every few years making the warranties they give invalid.
You should ask exactly what their warranty covers. Most companies warranty the work that they do and not whether you will still have bats or not. This is a huge difference as if you end up still having bats and you will have to pay more money for more work to be done.
Some insurance companies may cover bat removal, since they are not rodents. Most homeowners policies will not cover any rodent damage or removal, but since bats are not rodents and contacting your agent prior to an exclusion is suggested. In most cases, we have found many insurance companies will not cover the bat removal cost, but will cover the bat dropping removal and clean-up program.
Bats Canada Reviews from across Ontario
Bat Exclusion in Midland Ontario
I’m writing this review for Kenny from Bats Canada. We discovered we had bats on a Tuesday. The following day was a holiday. I called Kenny on the holiday (Canada Day) and heard back within an hour. I wasn’t sure if his company would service our area since we live in the Midland area and Bats Canada operates out of London, ON. Kenny had no problem with the location, he looked up our house on Google maps while I was on the phone with him, and was able to give me a quote right then. He came to our house at 8 am two days later as planned. He was on time, and very professional. He got right to work, and worked all day, only taking one break for lunch. To say Kenny is a hard worker is an understatement. He had all the required equipment to safely work on our metal roof, and that was where the majority of the work was done. It is now a week later, and as expected we have not seen any further signs of bat activity. Kenny was able to remove them from our home in a humane way which left both us and the small brown bat population happy! The quote we were given was accurate. And it was worth every penny. Bats Canada are experts in the field. We are very happy with the service we received. Kenny will be back in a few weeks’ time to remove the one-way bat doors. We are happy to be living in a house which is free of bats. Highly recommended.
Lisa Wilson from Midland
Bat Removal in Midland Ontario
My problem with bats wanting to make their home, in my home has been fixed today. I contacted Bats Canada, on Wednesday September 2, they came today, Saturday September 5, the last Saturday of the long weekend this summer, all the way from London, Ontario, to Midland Ontario.
They specialize in bat removal and prevention only!
I emailed Kenny pictures of my house and he gave me a quote over the phone and email which was totally accurate when they came today to do the work, no surprises of a higher price when they got here.
Kenny and Paul were prompt, extremely professional, polite, courteous, and compassionate, informed me of everything they were doing and why, worked fast to complete everything and also doing some things that were above and beyond their job, without charging extra.
They sealed all around my house, fixed things that the last contractor left undone leading to my problem. Adding flashing and fixed the flashing that was previously installed improperly, also installing aluminum fascia that was removed by previous contractor and not replaced leaving a large gap for the bats to explore.
Bats Canada has restored my faith in contractors again. Previously operating a “roofing” business they are experts in what needs to be checked out and fixed to prevent further problems. They sealed up my house completely, not just the areas where the bats appear to be “hanging out” therefore, stopping any future problems.
Price was reasonable considering all they did, you get what you pay for I am learning with contractors, and I received a 5 year written warranty.
I have had previous attempts to fix the problem; it was cheaper in price but didn’t work. I should have contacted Bats Canada in the first place.
Kenny will be back in a few weeks to check everything out.
I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Ruth R. from Midland, Ontario
Bat Removal in Cambridge Ontario
After 3 years of struggling with bats we called Ken from Bats Canada. His service was prompt and professional. He was very knowledgeable. We tried 2 other services with no success. We are particularly happy with the 5 year guarantee. We can finally put this problem behind us ! It is such a relief !
Sep 08, 2014, Cambridge, Bonnie R Bowman from Cambridge
Bat Removal in Kincardine Ontario
I would highly recommend Bats Canada Inc. to anybody needing bats removed from their home. Kenny was very professional and informative. He showed up on time and after introductions, a site walk down and signing of a contract went right to work. He did not stop until the job was completed and performed an excellent cleanup. I was surprised to receive a follow-up contact and he also came back when he said he would to remove the” bat tubes”. To top it off the transferable guarantee is a great bonus. In summary, it doesn’t get much better than somebody showing up on time, doing what they said they would do with outstanding results. THANK-YOU KENNY!
Aug 10, 2014, Kincardine, Tim Rowe from Kincardine
Bat Removal in Thorndale Ontario
There’s not enough good words to describe Bats Canada…they’re fantastic! If it was possible to give more than 10 out of 10 on this review site I would. My family and I recently moved into the old family farm home. It is a stone house built around 1850-60 and has likely had bats in the attic for 100 of those years! My grandparents and parents usually had to deal with 2 or 3 in the house/year, but after doing some renovations before moving in over the winter we learned it was very infested. I had lots of them trying to help me remove lath and plaster and re-drywall! We moved in a few months ago after renovations were done and would always hear lots of chattering and scratching in the evenings but none were getting in the living area of the house…until recently. After a few sleepless nights having to remove over a dozen bats in the bedrooms/living room/kitchen/bathrooms within 2 nights we figured we’d better do something. I’m a keen DIY’er but new that the bats were smarter than me and it was a job for a professional. I stumbled upon the BatsCanada website and they were the first one to get a phone call from me. Kenny was out to look at the house within an hour, and was available the next day. After walking around the house and talking with him it was definitely NOT a tough decision to make to hire him. His work is unbelievable. He not only bat proofs the house he makes it pretty much waterproof too, and repaired/replaced several sections of the roof as needed all while staying at the original price that was quoted. He worked non stop in the july heat from sun up to sun down sealing the roof, soffit, fascia and lots of cracks between stones, morter etc. It was amazing watching the bats come out that night and try to get back in…they couldn’t. For the first time in likely a century the house is bat free. Thanks BatsCanada you were a pleasure to deal with and will always be highly recommended by me.
Aug 05, 2014, Thames Centre, Iain from Thorndale
Bat Proofing in Sarnia Ontario
Called this company after reading good review and visiting the Bats Canada website and being impressed. We told Kenny we have a Bat in our house and what kind of noises we were hearing and we wanted it taken care of right away. Him and his co-worker (sorry the name escapes me) came the next day. They were very kind and answered every question we had and put our minds at ease with all of his knowledge of bats and the removal of them. He is very personable and easy to talk to. They sealed up our house and put up the one way exclusions so the bats could leave an not enter. We also got the 5 year warranty so we are extremely happy with that.NO other company offers such a thing. He came back a few weeks later and remove the exits and sealed up the spots. We have had no problems since. Highly recommend.
Jul 18, 2014, Sarnia, Trevor & Shannon from Sarnia.
Bat Removal in Stilring Ontario
In mid July of 2013 my family was surprised by a bat flying around in our living room. We assumed it came in the door from the back deck as a family member had just been outside. We successfully freed the bat and didn’t think much more about it. Five days later there was another bat late at night. Again we freed the bat and came up with a possible explanation for its presence. Another five days and another bat was in the house in the middle of the night. Again it was freed. Two nights later and there was yet another one. This was the last straw. The next morning, I searched on the internet for a solution. Luckily I found Bats Canada’s website. I was impressed by the information on the site, by the fact that bats are all the company deals with, and that they employ humane solutions. I called immediately. My call was returned promptly then Kenny and Benny arrived six days later. They quickly found the entry point, installed vents to allow egress without reentry, caulked the entire house, and immaculately cleaned up. They patiently listened and answered all my questions. Due to a busy season, they were unable to return to remove the vents until this spring. At this time they checked that everything was secure. To date, there have been no further bats in the house. We are very pleased with Bats Canada. Update: Summer 2014 found another bat in the house. Phoned Bats Canada as soon as daylight arrived. Kenny immediately returned the call and was here within 36 hours with his associate. They did a detailed examination of the house and found that some exterior maintenance that we’d had performed was the cause of the problem. We’d replaced a fascia board and it had not been sealed thoroughly. They took care of this then completed their examination of the entire house. Ken suggested that in the future we should contact him when doing exterior maintenance so he can detail the things we need to ensure are done to stay bat free. Kenny is professional and thorough and the Bats Canada warranty is excellent. Thank you Kenny.
Woods from Stirling
We live in a century home and have had the odd bat in the house over the years, usually during the winter, but last summer, mostly in August, it was more than a common occurrence. So I took my lawn chair and sat out at dusk just to see what was going on…I was more than a little disturbed to count how many freeloaders we had in our attic!
Now, I have no issues with bats in a natural environment, but it was a little unsettling not knowing when or where the next one was going to turn up inside the house – and a little embarrassing when you had company.
So I checked their habits, etc out on the internet, thinking we maybe could do this ourselves and was overwhelmed to say the least. We have a 3 story brick house with a metal roof, not my cup of tea…Then I found Bats Canada and shot an email off to Kenny who gave us a quote over the phone, came in the fall, on the designated day, sealed up every possible entry crevice, finishing with installing 2 one-way exit doors in the eaves where I had seen my tiny friends exiting. That night and the next, lawn chair duty again, I watched our unwanted guests leave for the last time.
It was expensive, but it’s my home and I wanted it back.
He just came this past weekend, in May, to remove the one-way doors and see if he had solved our problem, and I am happy to say we have not seen one bat since the first time he was here, although they are still around outside, they must have found a new home – perhaps in our barn, which is fine with me.
Thank you Kenny for the peace of mind and the professional, courteous service.
Bats Canada Inc services most of Ontario. We provide bat removal and bat dropping cleaning services with a lifetime warranty that you will have a bat free home.