Can Bat Guano Cause Illness

While it is known that rodents like mice and rats can transmit disease, people have very little knowledge when it comes to the diseases that bats bring with them. The disease that bats are known for is known as Histoplasmosis. It is the most common disease that is transmitted by bat feces. It happens when the spores of the feces are breathed in and then transmitted. The disease can cause some serious respiratory systems which can be even fatal when left untreated. These symptoms can include, but are not limited to the following:

If you spot bat guano around the house, you will also have bat presence. Bats can cause illness and can make a mess of your house. Call the pros from Bat Control. 

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Dry cough/cough with blood in chronic phase
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Chest discomfort
  • Pain in the joints

How To Identify Bat Poop

Now that you know how dangerous bat poop is are probably wondering how to identify bat poop. Surprisingly, bat poop looks a lot like rat feces and almost looks like dark to black pellets. When they roost, a whole pile of bat feces can be found right underneath where they roost. The way to check whether you are dealing with rats or bats is to do a simple test with them. Bat poop is very brittle and will turn into a fine dust when it is stepped on. People took this powdered form in their advantage and made a very effective fertilizer from dried bat feces. Despite all the benefits, bat feces are as toxic as ever. Bats will get into the house through multiple entry points. 

Bat feces or bat guano are quite distinct and might even resemble rat or mouse feces. Just like rat feces, these bat feces resemble tiny black pellets and will be found wherever the bat has been active. Bat feces have long been used as a natural fertilizer before the arrival of natural fertilizer since it is rich in nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus which are highly beneficial for plants. One main distinguisher between bat feces and rat feces is that in bat poop if you look up close that bat poop may have shiny particles and this is from the wings of insects that the bat eats since t is part of their natural diet.

How To Clean Bat Poop

If you want to take care of the bat guano yourselves then make sure that you can handle the right amount. If not then professionals can help and clean it with professional equipment. If you do want to go ahead then make sure you have the following

  • Proper ventilation
  • Gloves
  • Googles
  • Respirator Mask
  • Garbage bags
  • Enzyme-based product
  • Thick napkins
  • Sponge

Where To Get Help

What you want to do is dampen the bat guano with the enzyme-based product. What it will do is basically eat away the guano. A few hours later, you can pick it up and dispose of it in your plastic bag. Make sure you wear masks, goggles, and gloves, and have proper ventilation. Next, disinfect the area with a water-bleach mixture. Finally throw the sponge, and napkins away in the plastic bag. Cleaning up bat guano is risky as spores can be inhaled and cause serious illness. If you have bats, make sure to call the pros at 647-931-6459