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Bat droppings and your health

Always take caution when bats are near. In 2011, the National Post reported an outbreak of a rare disease linked to bat droppings in Alberta. A resident tried to clean bat droppings and suffered extreme shortness of breath, severe muscle pains and extreme blistering on her hands. After multiple visits to the hospital it was determined as the rare disease histoplasmosis. Bat droppings can affect your health and it’s crucial to get a professional to aid in removing any contamination.

Bat droppings piled on attic insulation

Bat droppings piled on attic insulation

Diseases found in bat droppings

Histoplasmosis is usually formed under roosts from bat droppings. Fungus forms when bat guano contaminates the ground. Histoplasmosis is transmitted to both humans and animals by airborne spores from the fungus. Infection is difficult to determine as it has very mild symptoms. The spores are often inhaled after a bat roost has been disturbed.

Ticks, mites and parasites

Bat roosts have many different parasites attracted by and produced around droppings. Although parasites can irritate humans they rarely transmit disease. Most found near bat roosts usually can’t survive once the infestation has been removed.

Flies, carpet beetles and other insects can develop from bat droppings. If there’s a roost in your home these bugs can lead to other infestation problems. Large amounts of bugs can crawl into different parts of your home.

What to do if you find bat droppings.

It’s best to avoid your attic if you suspect a bat roost or droppings. Also, stop any major contractor repairs if they stumble across a contaminated area. Disturbing a roost can initiate any airborne diseases or parasites. Always have bat droppings removed by professionals. Diseases such as histoplasmosis can be fatal. Other illnesses, such as rabies, are also associated with living and dead bats.

Sucking out contaminated attic insulation

Sucking out contaminated attic insulation

How Kitchener’s Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control can help

The first step in dealing with bat drops is removing the source. That means humanely removing and excluding the colony. Once animal control specialists have the removed the bats it’s time to deal with the droppings they’ve left behind.

Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s professionals have all of the necessary experience and equipment to minimize contact with airborne bacteria. We will humanely remove any bat colonies that might have developed in your home and decontaminate any areas they may have damaged.
Our team will safely remove contaminated insulation, disinfect and blow in brand new cellulose insulation.

Prevent health risks associated with bats and contact Skedaddle today – 1-888-592-0387

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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