Yes, bat poop is dangerous and should not be taken lightly. It is extremely toxic to humans as well as pets. The reason why bat poop is dangerous is that it can cause a disease called Histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is known to affect the respiratory systems of the body, primarily the lungs.
Spotting bat poop might be a clear sign of bat infestation. If you have bats have the removed by qualified and insured technicians. Contact Bat Control.
One of the dangerous aspects of the disease is that symptoms might not be readily observable and that it can take a few weeks ranging from 12-14 days. Those who have a comprised immune system are already at risk as the disease can be fatal for those who are not treated for it. If you notice bat poop scattered anywhere on your property, proceed with caution.
The following symptoms are, including the attic but are not limited to :
- Dry cough/cough with blood in the chronic phase
- Muscle aches
- Chest discomfort
Bat poop can be properly identified by taking a very close look. There is a difference between bat poop and rodent poop. The main difference is the size and the colour, but since nobody pays attention to that, our focus is on something more visual. Believe it or not, bat poop actually sparkles. Bats are known to be insectivores which means that their diet for the main part consists of insects. They can eat between 800 mosquitoes a day. Talk about being a picky eater eh? Another distinguishing factor about bat poop is that they can be easily crushed into a powder. Bat poop was actually a main source of fertilizer.
Gloves, masks, goggles, and plastic bags, and assure that there is proper ventilation. The important part of cleaning bat feces is making them dam enough to be picked up by a wet towel, paper towel, or a sturdy napkin. You can dampen these feces with a water sprayer or with a steamer to make them easier to pick up. To disinfect the surface where the feces were on, you can use a water-bleach solution which consists of 9 parts water to 1 part bleach. Spray it on the surface and leave it the solution there for 10 minutes before rinsing and wiping it off. It is very important that the space is well-ventilated to avoid breathing in any spores that can cause disease and harm.
If you have been seeing bat poop, you might have an active infestation going on and your house will need to get sealed against bats. Bats will take advantage of entry points around the house and will roost there for long stretches of time. To get rid of bats, call the professionals from Bat Control at