Three Bats to Watch Out for in Toronto

At Terminix Canada, we proudly offer bat removal services throughout Toronto. And with our expertise, we feel responsible to give you the heads-up on what bats to keep your head up for in the Greater Toronto Area!

Lasionycteris noctivagans

Street Name: Silver-Haired Bat

This little rabies-magnet-with-wings has a foot-long wingspan, dark brown-black hair, and silver frosted tips like a member of a 90’s boy band. They are a solitary, tree-dwelling species, who’ll hibernate in tree hollows, rock crevices, wood piles and on cliff faces. While many migrate down south to avoid the cold, some hibernate in buildings and homes during the winter months.

What to watch out for: The silver-haired bat carries a unique strain of rabies, responsible for numerous deaths over the last few decades. If they’re nesting in your home, do not try to remove the bats on your own, putting at risk of rabies. Bat removal is best left to the professionals.

 

Myotis Sptentrionalis

Street Name: Northern Long-Eared Bat

With dark-brown fur interspersed with a paler yellow brown, this 9cm-long mongrel lives up to its long-eared name, resembling a hybrid rabbit-rat with wings. They tend to stick to boreal forested areas, meaning be aware when you’re on trail runs or nature hikes!

What to watch out for: Northern long-ears dwell inside old-fashioned homes, because they’re littered with attics, eaves, nooks and crannies. Drafty crawlspaces are a more ideal living space than the brand-new air tight finished basements of newer homes. If you own a heritage home in the city, be aware!

 

Little Brown Myotis

Street Name: Little Brown Bat

The little brown myotis is, unsurprisingly, little and brown. Its brown fur is glossy, with gray fur underneath. Its wing membranes are dark brown, and it has small ears with a rounded tragus. Mature little brown bats are about 8cm long with a wingspan of around 23cm.

The bat roosts day and night in caves, under rocks or piles of wood, or in houses, buildings, and churches (inside walls, chimneys, fireplaces, attics, shutters, eaves, bell towers, etc.).

While not hostile, most of its impacts on humans are due to roosting habits, causing significant damage to the structure of homes.

What to watch out for: If you see one little brown bat in your home, there is likely a swarm of them. They group together for body warmth, and congregate after evening feeds for their night-time roosts.

 

White Nose Syndrome

White-nose syndrome is endangering many breeds of bats (including the aforementioned three) during hibernation.

A white fungus appears on the muzzle and other parts of the resting mammals, prematurely awakening them from their slumber, in order to scratch the irritated areas. They end up flying around during the winter months, of which they are not acclimated to, leading to deaths via exhaustion. WNS has killed more than 5.7 million bats in North America.

 

Humane Bat Removal

With bats frequenting many endangered lists, we aim to be environmentally friendly with our bat removal services. Instead of exterminating bats, we employ methods of exclusion so they naturally fly out of homes, unharmed.

Bats are an essential part of ecology, primarily pollinating flowers and dispersing fruit seeds; some plants depend on bats for seed distribution. They also eat insect pests, reducing the need for pesticides.

Our goal is to get them out your home, so they can continue their integral role in our environment!


Terminix offers environmentally-friendly wildlife control services to the Greater Toronto Area.

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