Bats can be beneficial. They eat lots of insects, particularly disease-carrying mosquitoes. Having bats inside your home, however, can pose potentially deadly health risks for you and your family. Bats carry several diseases, including rabies. Contact with these animals or their droppings causes a slew of health problems.
By far the biggest health issue with bats is their waste. Once inside your roof or attic, they produce copious amounts of droppings and urine. Generally, this waste forms deep piles often referred to as guano. As the matter accumulates, a fungus known as Histoplasma begins to grow. When the pile is disturbed, it releases the Histoplasma spores into the air and puts your family at risk for histoplasmosis.
Recognize Symptoms of Histoplasmosis
The effects of exposure vary in intensity, but people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of infection. Histoplasmosis can be difficult to diagnose, since it manifests similarly to the flu but is much less common. Those infected may experience:
- Chest pain
- Body aches
- Lung infection
- Infection of other parts of the body, such as central nervous system
In addition to health threats and the damage created when bats enter and exit your attic, guano cause severe damage to the structure of your home. The buildup of ammonia and moisture causes wood to rot away.
Get Rid of Your Bat Infestation
Don’t contend with the smells and dangers associated with bat removal. If you suspect bats are living in your roof or walls, rely on the professionals at Critter Control® of Jacksonville to properly remove the bats from your attic. Our highly trained experts specialize in humane bat removal and are trained to repair damage caused by the flying rodents, including safe and effective removal of bat droppings. If you have questions or would like to schedule a free consultation, call us today at 904.221.8633.