Bat problem vexes Whitehorse homeowner
Working to evict colony from newly purchased house
A family in Whitehorse is going batty trying to evict hundreds of bats from its new home.
Calvin Oshowy bought the house two months ago. It wasn't long before he discovered hundreds of little brown bats roosting in the walls, in the attic and in the ceiling.
Now that they have migrated south for the winter, Oshowy is cleaning up their mess and trying to seal off their entry points.
Carrie McLelland, a wildlife biologist, said bats return to the same spot year after year.
"That's how we know how to find them but also why it's difficult for people to get them out of their homes if they do get into their attics," she said.
Oshowy said he's going to build a bat sanctuary on the outside of the house. He said the bats are welcome to stay — just not inside his home.