We are right in the middle of the dog days of summer. With the long hot days and buggy nights this is the most active time of year for bats. They are out almost every night eating as many bugs as possible to pack on the pounds and prepare for a long winter (in torpor state) hibernating.
Young bats are also about to emerge as well. We stop all of our bat evictions from May 15 to July 31 as per government regulations. From our own findings after 23 years in business we also wait about two weeks longer until the middle of August to do any “bat seal-ups”. The reason behind this is Little Brown Bats, Northern Bats and Tri-Coloured bats are all endangered species in Ontario. This time period also allows for the young bats to grow enough to be able to also leave the structure and not become stuck inside.
We have also noticed a decrease in Little Brown bat numbers in our area. There are many factors that could have played a roll in this but White Nose Syndrome is likely the leading cause.
Some good news we have read recently, through monitoring bats echolocations in nearby New York State a few different species of bats have been recorded. Could this mean different species of bats are moving into our area? We are not sure but we will keep you posted on anything interesting we find!
Nuisance Wildlife Control INC (NWC INC) was started in 1997 by Darcy Alkerton. After a recent layoff from his dream job as a cabinetmaker at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario, Darcy saw a need for a unique skill set he had. With huge help from the Leeds and Grenville Small Business Development, a professional carpenter and trapper, Darcy merged the both into a wildlife control business. Darcy already had experience in trapping nuisance beaver for farmers but could also see a need for animal damage control for homeowners, municipalities and corporations. To pay the bills at first Darcy also took on local canine control, evaluator for livestock damage and in the winter worked as a Wingman for Township snow removal. Darcy hired his first sub-contracting employee in 98 and had numerous Co-op students as well. Darcy had to borrow money out of his RRSP’s because the banks would not loan to a small business to keep his business afloat. He made it through the first 5 years of business ownership, which many do not.
Darcy was part of the Ontario Wild Turkey Reintroduction Program catching 663 wild turkeys and 47 in one shot with a rocket net. The turkeys were then moved around Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Around this time Raccoon rabies also hit Eastern Ontario and Darcy was also part of that Trap Vaccinate and Release program.
In 2003 Darcy travelled to Australia, which would be a start to a career of teaching but also learning about wildlife control across the world.
Flash forward to 2020 and NWC INC is now a family run business with Susan, Matt and Cory all working for the business. Darcy has travelled to 4 Countries, many States and all but 3 Provinces and Territories at home in Canada to share his expertise in Wildlife Control and Management.
Current NWC logo created by Susan Alkerton and Chelsea Amell