An intriguing aspect of the relationship between bats and people is how important their droppings have actually remained in many cultures over the centuries, with the high proportion of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium in the substance making it an important fertilizer.
This potent fertilizer, bat poop, is known as guano. But, along with its benefits comes many drawbacks and dangers to humans.
Why is Bat Guano Dangerous?
One of the essential methods to recognize bat feces is that since the feces is dropped from a roosting point on the roofing, the feces will build up in piles on the flooring of the attic or roof space where the bats are present. The droppings are typically black in color, and when they are found separately they are long thin pellets, but it is the reality that they collect in piles that actually assists bat feces to stick out.
Guano is extremely unsafe if inhaled and can cause a really terrible illness that hurts the breathing system called Histoplasmosis. The guano can also carry other diseases and illnesses so great care needs to be taken in its removal.
The animal droppings might be a risk merely by their weight too. Bats roost in colonies. If a bat colony decides to take up residence in your attic their waste and droppings can pile up quickly. Just the weight of the droppings is enough to do damage to your attic floor and end up with a potential mess in the inside of your house should the floor give way.
If you notice any signs that bats are in your attic it’s important to call in a professional right away. They will have the proper protective equipment and know where they can safely release the bats.
Once the animals are removed the area also needs to be cleaned and disinfected using a bleach solution and everything must be properly disposed of to protect the health of you, your family, and the removal experts involved.
What are the Common Health Problems Guano Causes?
The most typical and hazardous disease that is transmitted through the feces is histoplasmosis, which is when spores from the feces are breathed in and trigger some extreme symptoms and can impact breathing, in many cases even showing deadly if it is left neglected. Symptoms can consist of consistent cough or flu-like signs, and it can be rather hard to recognize for a doctor as the signs are shared with a lot of other conditions.
While it is not infectious between two individuals, the illness can affect a broad variety of the population who may not even be aware they are at risk.
If you are performing work to exclude bats from a home, it is very important that you look at the presence of the animals, and one excellent way of accomplishing this is to find a pile of bat droppings and to place a piece of white paper on top of those droppings. Then you can easily keep track of the piles you’ve found and avoid breathing the contaminants in while waiting for a specialist.
Get Rid of Bats At The Very First Sign with Covenant Wildlife
If you’re witnessing any signs of a bat infestation in your home the time to act is now. These are a protected species so you need a professional to remove them for you.
Our experienced team will remove the bats and cleanup any contaminants and guano left behind. This will keep you, your family, and your home safe from the destruction a bat colony can cause.
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