dealing with bat infestation

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

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:

Bats Can Cause Histoplasmosis

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

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. 

How to Control A Bat Infestation

You can control a bat infestation by: