If you're excited for Halloween already, get ready for one story that sounds like something out of a nightmare, except it actually happened in real life. One family had an unexpected surprise when they moved into a new home and found out that in their new Chilliwack house, some 150 bats were in the attic. This is definitely not the type of housewarming gift we would have liked to receive.
When Michelle Hamel and her family moved into a new house in Chilliwack, BC, they found out that they were sharing the home with some unexpected guests. According to The Weather Network, the family found around 150 live bats residing in the property's chimney and attic.
Hamel told Global News that her husband started looking around after some bats were seen flying out of the house's chimney.
“He got up on the chimney and started counting how many were coming out, and he stopped counting at 150,” she said. The whole experience has been horrifying for her. “I know it’s just a bat and some people think they’re cute but I am certainly not one of those people," she told Global News.
According to Global News, the house had been inspected before the Hamel family bought it, but no bats had reportedly been discovered by the inspector.
The BC government states on their website that it is illegal to kill and harass bats under the BC Wildlife Act. "If bats are roosting in an area that isn't interfering with human activity, consider leaving them undisturbed," reads the website. "They won't destroy wood, wires or insulation. It is illegal and ineffective to remove bats".
Hamel told Global News that she is unsure how to handle the situation. "I don’t know what to do, I’m really sick about it and I’m nervous," she said. She has been in contact with a pest control company.
Just earlier in July, a BC man died from a rare rabies infection after coming into contact with a bat on Vancouver Island.
The provincial government also warns the public about handling bats on their website. "Be extremely careful when handling bats for removal from your property — they can carry rabies. Even though the chance of contracting the virus is low, it’s important to be cautious," states the BC government on their website.