Pests include bats, bed bugs, cockroaches, rodents, and any other mammal or insect that you may think of as a public health concern.
We have specific responsibilities regarding pests in our community:
- We investigate reports of pests in food premises (restaurants) and institutions (e.g., seniors/nursing homes, daycares, etc.)
- We may issue orders
addressing pest issues to food premises and institutions (e.g., orders to apply pesticide treatments.)
- We test bats for disease if they are found in a home and may have had contact with people
- We don't investigate reports of pests in private homes, rental units, or social housing.
- We don't issue orders
addressing pest issues to private home owners, residential landlords, or social housing authorities.
Bats in your home
If you find a bat in your home or find evidence that you or a family member has possibly been bitten by a bat in your home, please call the Health Unit immediately at 519-753-4937 ext. 470.
If you find a bat, avoid direct contact with it and do not pick it up with your hands.
To trap a bat in your home:
- Confine the bat to a single room.
- Put on a pair of leather gloves.
- Place a plastic bowl or coffee can over the bat when it rests.
- Slide a piece of cardboard under the container, trapping the bat inside.
- If anyone was in direct contact with this bat, call us immediately at 519-753-4937 ext. 470.
- If no person was in direct contact with this bat, release the bat outdoors.
Bat-proof your home.
Pests in your home
Contact the resources below for help and more information about removing pests from your home.
Private homes: visit the
Healthy Canadians website
- Speak with your superintendent or building manager
- For additional help contact:
- Specific resources for bed bugs: