Pests that commonly overrun our house are roaches, tick, mites, rats, and termites. But in some cases, bats also choose our place as their breeding ground. Once that happens, they can cause many problems, ranging from foul smell of excrements, molds outbreak, and bat droppings diseases. The last one is what should concern you the most.
There are only three species of bats that feed on blood. And contrary to the popular misconception. Bats do not suck blood but lap up the leaking blood from a bite wound. Most of the species are eating insects, bugs, and fruits. So, in reality, when bats live in the wild, they are beneficial to humans.
However, bats do carry rabies. And their dropping, also known as guano, causes histoplasmosis. It is a pulmonary disease that can damage a person’s respiratory organs.
Here is a list of things you can do if you get bats infestation at home.
Identifying the Infestation Signs
First, bats may live in the attic, chimney, or roof. You may not notice their presence unless they are many of them and their excrements have begun to pile up and smell. And one thing you must know is that bats are brilliant at finding a hiding place. You cannot expect to inspect in broad daylight and to see a bat’s nest. However, you can trace their existence by spotting their excrements.
Approaching the Infestation
If you manage to find out where the bats are, do not approach it immediately. If they feel disturbed, they will move to another place around their current location, but still within its proximity. The chances are that there are feeding grounds nearby, and your house happens to be the best location for the bats to rest.
If you get too close to the bat’s nest, you will be most likely to inhale the disease-carrying spores from the guano. Bat’s excrements are also notorious for causing skin rash and irritation. So, it is better not to approach the nest unless you are well-protected. Wear a full body suit, like the one bee-farmer has, and an air mask. It will be much better if you buy the one that can protect your entire face. You may think that such protection is too much, but diseases from the bat dropping are air-borne, and your eyes are an easy target for bacteria, virus, and fungi spores to infect.
You also need to think of a way that can prevent the bat’s mess to scatter around the house. You need a vacuum, a bucket, and a hoist mechanism if the bat’s nest in the chimney. The vacuum cleaner is used to clean the contaminated air and dust. The bucket is for the liquid bat discharges. And the lift mechanism is to transport the bucket from the roof to the ground. If building the hoist mechanism is too complicated, you can use a simple ladder instead. But it will be tiring to climb the ladder back and forth to bring down the bucket.
Calling the Pest Control
When the bat’s waste is too enormous to handle by yourself, it would be better to get a professional involved. An exterminator will provide you with the best tools to remove the bat’s infestation. Your safety and health are secured, and you can enjoy your leisure time while the exterminators are doing their job.
An experienced pest control service also knows how to prevent further infestation. The companies can trace the root of the contagion and solve it. For structure problems such as inadequate insulation and holes in the attic, a professional exterminator usually has a connection to other contractors who can help you with the situation.
Bats infestation is serious trouble. To detect it before it becomes severe, you should do a regular inspection around the house, especially in the roof area. Leaving a room to be unvisited for a long time also increases the chances for bat infestation. Therefore, you should control the conditions in every corner of the house to prevent the pest infestation.