Bats can enter your home through your gable vents, ridge vent or small gaps along your roofline. Once inside your cozy attic, they deposit bat guano (feces) and urine. Consequently, there are health risks associated with having bats in your attic.
A bat infestation can result in a good amount of bat guano in your attic. Attics are the prefect incubator for mold growth in the summer. In addition, the heat with release foul odors which will penetrate into your home. With a large bat infestation, their feces and urine will seep into your ceiling which can cause sever sheetrock damage.
Some bats carry a harmful disease, Histoplasmosis, which may be present in their guano. Histoplasmosis is an airborne infectious disease caused by fungus spores attached to the bat guano and can easily spread through your home or business. This conditions can be very dangerous for people with weaker immune systems, like the elderly, young children and people with compromised immune systems. Some reported symptoms include fever, chest pains, loss of appetite, dry cough, headaches, shortness of breath, impaired vision, and possibly joint and muscle pains. Some cases, if not treated, can be fatal. Therefore, only a professional should handle bat removal services in your home.
Bats can carry viruses that can transfer to other animals and humans. These types of viruses are known as “zoonotic” viruses. Bats are one of the top carriers of this class of virus which includes over 60 different viruses. Notably, bats can carry Rabies, Ebola, Nipah, Hendra, Marburg and Coronavirus. Since bats spread viruses easily, never try to catch or touch a bat if you see one in your home. This will reduce your chances of virus exposure or infection.
Bat bugs, relatives of the common bed bug, are insects that can invade your home if you have a bat infestation. They do not transmit diseases to humans if one were to bite you. However, their bite can still be painful and irritate your skin. These little insects do carry harmful pathogens on their bodies. The pathogens can get on areas that they move around on, like your furniture. This is not a pleasant situation and it is something that needs to be handled quickly before they spread further throughout your home.
You should only look towards a professional to provide bat removal services. To effectively remove bats from your home and keep them from coming back can be a tricky process. Moreover, a professional should always handle bat decontamination because of the health risks. To protect your family and your investment, call Varmint Gone at 888-391-3330 or schedule an inspection online.