The Dangers Of Bat Guano

There’s no denying bats are important for the environment. They keep our insect population in check, they spread seeds so that plants can continue growing, and they are known for assisting in the pollination process, too. Yet, while we want to protect bats, they’re not known for making good pets or roommates, and encountering one can be dangerous on numerous accounts.

Bats are known for spreading disease and causing damage within homes that they enter, but the main danger we want to focus on today is their droppings, otherwise known as bat guano. It can harm your home’s structure, cause all kinds of health issues, and it is vital that it be handled appropriately upon the removal process to avoid further problems. Ready to learn more? Keep reading below, then reach out to our team for guidance. We’re here for you every step of the way.

What Does Bat Guano Look Like?

Bat guano in attic insulation

Bat guano found in attic insulation.

Bat guano in attic insulation

Replacement & sanitation of attic is recommended when guano is found in a home.

Concerned that guano is in your home, but aren’t sure what to look out for? Well bat guano is known for being shiny or sparkly because bats eat both the wings of many insects, as well as exoskeletons. These parts don’t digest as easily, so they end up giving the feces a shiny quality.

Also, please note that guano looks a lot like mice droppings, so distinguishing between the two is a must. Mice droppings tend to scatter, while guano stays in one area all together. Along with this, mice droppings won’t be shiny like guano is (since mice don’t eat that hard-to-digest exoskeleton), and they stay hard when touched, unlike guano which will crumble.

Disclaimer – we do not recommend you touch any guano or other type of animal droppings as this can pose a risk to your health. Instead, call us in to take care of it all. We have the appropriate equipment to get it all out safely and efficiently, so your health won’t be compromised at all.

Health Hazards Involved With Bat Guano

Bat guano is known for triggering disease in humans. It can cause histoplasmosis, which directly affects the lungs. Some symptoms of this disease are shortness of breath, cough, headache, no appetite, fever, joint pain, problems with vision, and pains in your chest.

Fortunately, histoplasmosis can often be easily treated, as long as the person affected is healthy and gets the appropriate medical care right away. That being said, when the disease affects those who are weaker, like infants or older people, effects can prove more serious. The most severe type of histoplasmosis is referred to as disseminated histoplasmosis and can be fatal.

Other internal organs may be affected, as well, but this is not as common. If you or loved ones are exposed to bat guano, it is important that you remain aware of histoplasmosis and its symptoms. All in all, be sure to stay alert and get help right away if you fear your health is affected!

Another big issue with bat guano is that it will attract bugs and other pests that could trigger more disease within your household. No one wants flies, beetles, cockroaches, and other insects invading their home, especially right after dealing with a bat problem, so getting guano out as soon as possible should definitely be a priority.

How Guano Is Dangerous To Your Home

Believe it or not, guano can also cause significant damage throughout your home. These droppings are known for being corrosive, and they may cause certain areas of your floor or ceiling to sink or sag, due to an imbalance in pressure. It can even break down even the strongest materials in your home, like wood and metal. Also, as noted above, this feces attracts rodents and insects, both of which can eat away at your wood, thus threatening your home’s structural integrity.

Here at My Bat Guy, we can work with your insurance company to ensure you get the care and protection you deserve. The sooner we assess the situation, the sooner we can get you the help you need, so reach out today, and we’ll help you get this process started

What To Expect From My Bat Guy

If you feel concerned at all about bats in your home, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have the training, the expertise, and the appropriate products necessary to safely and effectively remove bat guano from your home. And we can ensure your home is sealed and protected from further unwanted guests – count us on for protection guaranteed!

How long will the removal process take? Well, it depends on your unique situation. Usually we can have your attic restored and back to normal within one to three days, but again every situation is different. One thing is for certain, though – when you rely on us, you get the high-quality care and attention you deserve!

So, what are you waiting for? We are fully trained, licensed, and eager to serve you, no matter the extent of your damage. We’re known for our honesty, professionalism, and integrity, and our long list of positive reviews speak for themselves. There’s no better crew to trust throughout Oakland County and the rest of Michigan, so call us today!

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