Real Danger of Bat Guano

The presence of bats in a home presents a real problem, but probably not the problem that most people think about. When talking about bats, most people assume that the whole population is infected with rabies. However, the CDC reports that of those tested, only about 6% of bats had rabies. Other organizations claim that an even lower number (less than 1%) is at risk of being infected with or transmitting rabies.

However, a very real problem that some may not be aware of when they have bats living inside their attic is the risk of histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is an infection that one can contract by breathing in fungal spores that are often found in bird and bat droppings.

While some may contract histoplasmosis and never experience any problems or symptoms, others can be at risk. The symptoms can appear 3-17 days after exposure and include, fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, dry cough, and chest discomfort. At its mildest, it can cause a weakened immune system and in the worst cases, death can result.

So if you have bats in your attic, you are probably at risk of a buildup of bat guano and subsequently, you may be at risk of contracting histoplasmosis. Omega Animal Removal can handle you bat problem and help you remove the risk of histoplasmosis.