Bats are found everywhere in the world except for Antarctica and some remote islands. British Columbia’s diverse geography is home to 16 of the 19 bat species in Canada, with bats living in forests, grasslands and urban areas across the province.
BC bats use a variety of habitats for roosts, including trees, caves, mines, buildings and bat houses. Areas near fresh water and trees are often preferred by bats. BC Bats play an important role in the ecosystem as voracious consumers of insects. Bats are effective insect hunters, with many bats eating their body weight in insects each night! Despite the adaptability of bats, habitat loss is a major threat to bat populations worldwide. Many of our bat species are at risk due to the loss of their roosting and feeding habitats, as well as pesticide use that can poison bats. Other serious threats, like White-nose syndrome, a deadly fungus that has been spreading west across North America and killing hibernating bats, also puts stress on bat populations.
At Local Pest Control we have a registered professional biologist, and his main interest is in bat’s habitat, conservation and their interaction with humans. With more than 5 years of experience working as a wildlife biologist, he knows how important is for our environment to protect our biodiversity, but also I recognize that some species are not very welcome for landowners. With his experience as a bat biologist he can help solving any bat problem providing safe exclusion for bats without killing or harming them. Also, together with Local Pest Control group, we offer the installation of bat houses. Bat houses provide important roosting habitat for bats, giving them a safe place to rest, rear their young and be safe from predators. Bat houses are an excellent way to enhance habitats that lack natural roosting spaces, like old hollow trees, and help attract bats to areas with lots of insects!
As the caretaker of a bat house you will have the opportunity to observe bats as they enter and leave the roost. By reporting your observations you can directly help us to monitor and protect bat populations in BC, providing valuable information that can be used to protect bats and detect threats like White-nose syndrome. Your help makes a major difference in conserving local bats!
To learn more about how to manage bats download a 2 page overview of 7 Steps to Managing Bats in Buildings
or for a more information download the 16 page overview of 7 Steps to Managing Bats in Buildings