BAT REMOVAL AND CONTROL
Bat removal can be challenging; therefore, it is not recommended for property owners to try.
Common problems with bats are attic invasion, exposure to feces, and the risk of disease.
DIY homeowners and incompetent companies may attempt to use the same removal techniques as with other wildlife animals. This can be a disaster while not solving the problem. Poisons used for insects and rodents must never be used. The only way to carefully and correctly remove and control bats is with a live bat exclusion technique.
Below are a few guidelines that must be followed when removing bats.
- Only perform the correct live exclusion technique.
- Do not use fumigants and poisons to kill bats.
- Do not use traps to attempt to relocate them.
- Never remove during their maternity season.
- Entry points must be sealed.
- After removal, attic cleanup and decontamination are vital.
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BAT DISEASES AND HEALTH RISKS
Efforts to manage bats should not only focus on their removal but also address the significant health risks associated with these creatures. Whether you attempt to handle the situation yourself or seek professional assistance, understanding the potential dangers is essential.
Bats serve as carriers for a variety of diseases, some of which can be fatal. Bats are a host to many infectious agents, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Rabies a viral infection is perhaps the most well-known disease associated with bats.
An exposure to rabies most commonly occurs when a rabid animal bites a person. However, it can also be transmitted when the saliva from a rabid animal comes in contact with a person’s mouth, eyes, nose, or a fresh wound.
While one unknowingly can transmit a bat’s saliva onto themselves and as the bat bite can go unrecognized, human and domestic animal contact must be avoided. An untrained person should never handle bats.
When a person is exposed to rabies, timely administration of a vaccine known as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) can prevent infection. Unfortunately, rabies is almost always fatal once a person becomes infected and symptoms begin to occur.
Each year in the United States, up to 30,000 persons receive PEP due to potential exposure to rabid animals, including bats.
Histoplasmosis is another disease associated with bats. Its symptoms vary greatly, but the disease primarily affects the lungs. Occasionally, other organs are affected. When this happens, it can be fatal if untreated especially for those with a weakened immune system.
In addition, histoplasmosis is caused by a fungus that grows in soil and material contaminated with droppings from animals, including bats.
When bats are not removed, and the area is not cleaned and decontaminated by a professional, their fecal droppings, also known as bat guano, will contaminate the area, which can be the soil or the attic. In turn, this will be hazardous for humans and pets to touch and inhale.
A professional bat removal company has the proper protective equipment to remove and clean up the bat guano efficiently and safely. Touch, accidental ingestion, aerosolization and inhalation of pathogens can be dangerous.
SALMONELLOS AND YERSINIOSIS
These both are bacterial diseases that can also be acquired by coming in contact with bat guano. Symptoms can be abdominal cramps, diarrhea vomiting, fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes.
Fleas, ticks, bat bugs, bat flies, and mites are parasites. They can transmit vector-borne zoonotic diseases such as bartonellosis, ehrlichiosis and borreliosis. These parasites would have been in close contact with the infected bat. Following the contact, the parasite, can bite a human or pet and transmit the disease.
DO YOU NEED BAT REMOVALAND CONTROL?
Bats are an endangered species that are protected by state law. Wildlife control operators must have a license to remove them. Property owners may be subject to fines.
At Precision Pest and Wildlife Removal, we are licensed and adhere to the strictest guidelines to remove bats safely. We follow the approach for proper bat removal listed above by performing live bat exclusion techniques.
By hiring us, you can rest assured you are getting the best bat removal and control services.
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