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Bats found in Mid-western Ontario are usually one of two common species. They are the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat. They are similar in appearance with the size being the best way to quickly distinguish between the species.

“Blind as a bat” isn't right! Bats can see quite well. They locate and capture insects with echo-location, which is a lot like sonar or radar.

Both species consume large quantities of insects during their nightly feeding flights. Little Brown Bats can consume 600 mosquitoes per hour. Both species will consume up to their weight in insects each night. That's a lot of bugs!

Bats sometimes enter our living spaces, and cause quite a commotion! When this happens the bat is usually lost. Open a door and window if possible, and let the bat fly out. A roosted bat can be gently picked up with a gloved hand and released outdoors.

Bats in the attic roost site deposit droppings called guano. Guano can carry spores of histoplasmosis, a serious lung disease. Always wear proper protective gear when working around bat guano. A distinctive odour comes from bat urine. This is often evident in the attic or other void areas that bats use to roost. Staining from crystallized urine is unsightly and can harbour pathogens.

The only acceptable method of bat control is exclusion. This is best done in late summer, so as to not separate mothers from their young. Installing 'one way doors' or escape tubes and sealing all other entry points is the only effective control. The choice of sealing methods depend on the structure.

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