Question - Can bats in the attic make you sick?

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If these materials are disturbed, fungal spores can become aerosolized and inhaled causing people to develop histoplasmosis. Although many people who breathe in these spores don't get sick, those who do may have a fever, cough, chills, headache, chest pain, body aches and fatigue. Although almost always associated with soil, the fungus has been found in droppings (particularly from bats) alone, such as in an attic. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reported a potentially blinding eye condition — presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (OHS) — that probably results from the fungus. Bat droppings are also called guano and are considered very harmful to human beings. The droppings look like droppings of mouse but these turned into powder form when touched. This powdery substance then becomes airborne in Ohio. Bats carry dangerous diseases, which can easily be contracted by human beings and their pets. Their droppings carry disease too. This is why having bats in the attic of a house can be extremely dangerous to humans and other animals. Not likely! You can relax. Histoplasmosis (caused by spores in infected soil, bird or bat guano has also been called “Cavers Disease” and “Spelunker's Lung” because it would sometimes occur after long exposure to bat guano that had been stirred up by cave explorers.

The most common symptoms of disseminated histoplasmosis are: Fever and chills, flu-like illness. Headaches. Shortness of breath—severe and leading to respiratory failure. Drop in blood pressure. Cough and chest pain. Enlarged spleen and liver. Gastrointestinal bleeding. Ulcerations in the mouth and lip.

Bats will most likely land somewhere they can hang—behind curtains or upholstered furniture, on hanging clothes, or in house plants. Carefully place a plastic tub or similar container over them. Gently work a piece of cardboard or stiff paper under the container, trapping the bat inside.

Signs of Bat Infestations Presence of bats. Bat droppings on various parts of the house. Repeated droppings in the house. Squeak noises every night. Bats flying in and out of the house. Bad odor coming from the attic or ceiling. Bats leaving at night. Black or dark stains around the house.

To clean up small quantities of droppings, follow these steps: Wear rubber gloves (do not use latex gloves). Dampen droppings with a water sprayer. Clean up the droppings using soapy water and a mop or cloth. Disinfect affected surfaces with a bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water).

Fruit covered in flying fox droppings should be washed thoroughly and peeled prior to consumption. If fruit is contaminated with droppings and cannot be peeled, this fruit should not be consumed as there is a small potential risk to humans of gastrointestinal diseases.

Histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection caused by dogs ingesting histoplasma capsulatum fungus, which can be found in contaminated soil and bird droppings (including poultry and bats), according to Pet MD. Once the fungus enters the dog's intestinal tract, it can cause the animal to become unwell.

Because bats also defecate and urinate while in flight, fecal droppings and drops of urine may be become splattered on the outer and inner walls of a building near where the bats gain entry or exit.

Bats make their way inside homes by squeezing through gaps around the roof. Many bat species can push their bodies through gaps no wider than a dime! After locating these gaps, they can either roost in walls or keep crawling until they find the attic.

If you have signs of infestation, call a pest-control company for an assessment. It will humanely remove the bats from the attic and seal it to protect against future infestations. “Bats are extremely territorial, so getting the area assessed by a professional will ensure the bats leave and can't get back in.

Bats aren't the most common pest problem, but they still plague plenty of homeowners. On the other hand, if bats cause sudden and accidental physical damage that's covered under your homeowners insurance, your policy could kick in to help pay for repairs — but not the removal of the bats themselves.

In addition to hearing consistent scratching sounds, another important sign you have bats in the attic is high-pitched screeches. Though bats are typically quiet, nocturnal animals, they do make high-pitched screeching sounds around dusk or dawn.

Most of the odor coming from a bat infestation is not produced by the guano, but by the bats themselves and their urine. As such, it has a musty, ammonia-type smell, and the larger the colony, the more pervasive and onerous the smell becomes.

Bat droppings, called guano, can cause health issues in humans, bats can get into the living area of a home, bat infestations left unchecked can lead to damage to the home as the weight of the guano can affect the attic floor/living quarters ceiling. The guano can also attract insects into the home.