Bat infestation becoming out of control? Here’s what you need to do
Bats received quite a lot of spotlight in 2020 as they have been held responsible for the spread of coronavirus. More scientific research is required to prove the validity of this claim. Whatever the case may be, bats can pose different dangers to humans especially if they infest their homes.
Bats are nocturnal mammals. As forests have thinned over the centuries, bats have been forced to cohabit with humans in cities. Bats usually stay outdoors but sometimes they get inside human dwellings and make a place for them. Over time, their natural habitat for roosting such as tree bark has become scarce. Hence they seek refuge in home structures such as attics.
Let us see why a bat infestation can be problematic for you and how to get rid of it.
Bats Can Cause Rabies
- Bats are mobile, they travel long distances and interact with different species. Due to this, they become carriers of different diseases. Rabies is one common and dangerous disease associated with bats. Most cases of rabies in the USA originate from the bites of bats. A bat infestation increases the chances of humans contracting rabies.
If you accidentally sleep in the same room that has a bat hidden somewhere, you should undergo a series of rabies vaccines. During your sleep, you may have been bitten by a bat but didn’t notice it. If you do not wish to get rabies vaccines over a hunch, then the alternative is to catch the bat and get it tested for rabies.
Rabies is a fatal disease which disrupts the nervous system. While there is no sure-shot way of knowing whether the bat is rabies’ carrier, lookout for the following telltale signs:
- Infected bats inhabit lower altitudes such as the lawn or a bedroom.
- Infected bats are not deterred by human contact and don’t panic when approached.
- The bat has difficulty flying and is active during the daytime.
Bats Can Cause Histoplasmosis
- Histoplasmosis is a disease of the respiratory system caused by bat droppings. Guano (bat droppings) contain a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum. If multiple bats are residing on your roof or your attic, your chances of inhaling fungal spores through guano are increased.
While Histoplasmosis isn’t generally fatal, it can cause serious repercussions for people with weak immune systems. In general, Histoplasmosis causes symptoms similar to flu.
Damage to Home
- A large number of bats can damage and compress the insulation of your ceilings and walls. If the insulation has been compromised, it will affect the R-value for insulation. A lower R-value means higher electricity bills.
Along with this, an accumulation of bat droppings is also problematic. On average, a bat produces 20-30 droppings in a day. Bats are social creatures and tend to form larger colonies. If you have a bat infestation on your rooftop, the pile of bat droppings can grow quickly.
- Bat droppings invite multiple pests like cockroaches and worms. Accumulated bat droppings are a nuisance and a health hazard.
How to Control A Bat Infestation
You can control a bat infestation by:
- Identifying the entry points of the bats and sealing them. Bats can enter from holes as small as a human thumb. Upon identification, seal them with caulk.
- Do not seal all the entries as bats have to fly out as well. You can install a one-way check-valve that allows bats to exit but doesn’t let them come back in.
- Seek professional help and call local pest control services. Visit Go Local Pest Control. They will help you find the best pest control services in your area.