Bats can get a bad reputation; however, they are crucial to our environment. They are a beneficial part of the ecosystem, as their diet consists of insects. Bats can eat 4500 insects in one night. As humans continue to destroy their habitats, they are seeking new spaces to seek refuge. Now that winter is officially over, this the time of year when bats start to become active and search out places to have and raise their pups. When done in the wild, we don’t have much to worry about, but when this is done in commercial and residential spaces, histoplasmosis can occur.
What is Histoplasmosis?
As we said above, bats do have their pros in regard to keeping a balanced ecosystem. But on the other hand, bats also come with their cons. Firstly, they can carry rabies (though the CDC recognizes that most bats do NOT carry the disease). More importantly, they also can cause a serious respiratory disease known as histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is a disease of the lungs that is caused by inhaling fungal spores from bat guano (fecal matter). Those with weakened immune systems can experience serious problems.
Where Do Bats Raise Their Pups?
One of the most common areas for bats to establish a maternity colony is in attics. A maternity colony occurs when a group of pregnant bats roost for 4 months in an attic while they raise their young. Bats can enter an attic through holes, cracks, and other openings. Bats are drawn to attics as they like the warmth it provides. They also feel secure in these areas as most people never there.
Their Activity Patterns and Guano
Bats roost during the afternoon and come out to feed at night. They release guano as they roost in the attic. It is possible to have piles of guano below their roosting area. This guano contains the fungus that if inhaled can cause histoplasmosis, especially when the guano is disturbed. It is very important to take precautions when removing any guano, so you don’t spread the fungal spores throughout the house.
Bat Removal and Exclusion With Boos Bug Stoppers
When dealing with bats, you’ll want a professional with the proper equipment on your side. Bat exclusion and removal requires an inspection in order to provide an accurate price quote. Call or contact us today to set up your free inspection or learn more about how we can help remove bats from your business or home
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