Have you discovered some evidence of having a bat infestation? Maybe you’ve seen or heard a bat in your attic. Besides being scary and capable of carrying dangerous diseases, bats can also cause considerable damage to your home. Bats will live in the same location for their entire lifetime, and their colony can grow at alarming rates. Before you know it, you could have hundreds of bats in your attic. There are a few things to look for if you are suspect that you might have a bat, or a colony of bats, living somewhere inside your home.
Bats excrete an oil from their skin that can result in brown or black stains on walls and ceilings. Additionally, bats frequently cause noises during the night and you may see them coming or going from your house after dark. Lastly, their droppings are easily distinguishable by the large amount of insect parts they contain.
Bat infestations are a serious problem. Their waste can cause permanent stains and damage to your floors and walls have and their presence can have negative health effects, even if you don’t come into contact with directly. While most people are aware that bats are carriers of the rabies virus, a lesser known disease associated with bats is known as histoplasmosis.
Histoplasmosis is an infectious disease that can be contracted by inhaling a fungus that develops on bat excrement. While it is not contagious from person to person, it can be contracted when exposed to air where a bat colony has been left undisturbed for a considerable amount of time. Symptoms of histoplasmosis include:
- chest pain
- loss of appetite
- dry cough
- shortness of breath
- impaired vision
- joint and muscle pains
It is extremely important that you have your home inspected by an pest control specialist at the first sign of infestation. A licensed professional will be able to determine whether you have a problem, find the location of the infestation, and safely trap the bats and remove them from your home. Bat problems left unchecked can grow exponentially and result in an expensive, hazardous clean-up process, and costly repairs to your home. Contact the #1 pest removal experts in Southeast and Northeast Michigan today to discuss how you can protect your home and health from a bat infestation.