“While bats are considered protected in the UK under the Wildlife Countryside Act of 1981, developers in South Tyneside, in England, soon discovered that they can be a hurdle for development as well when they discovered a bat colony at a long-closed school scheduled to be redeveloped as a luxury housing complex.
While Hamilton, ON may be a long way from South Tyneside, its residents have the same bat problems, as abandoned structures scheduled for demolition have been found to have bats living in them. As a result, local Hamilton wildlife control companies, such as Skedaddle, have been called to extract the bats from the properties in question, since eliminating bats are prohibited under wildlife laws. Only after this can the developers restore the buildings or go through with the demolition.
As these bats can also carry rabies and attack if disturbed, it is best to contact wildlife control teams at the first sign of infestation, especially in populated areas or in your home.”