Bat Infestations Place Humans at Higher Risk for the Development of Histoplasmosis

Bat Infestations South Carolina Bat infestations are more than just a nuisance. These infestations can increase your risk for developing a medical condition called histoplasmosis. Generally speaking, bats are not aggressive towards humans.

In fact, they do attempt to steer clear of any interaction with people; however, they are associated with various diseases, rabies and histoplasmosis being the most common. The droppings from bats – referred to as “guano” – have the potential to contaminate the surfaces they come in contact with a fungus that causes histoplasmosis.

This disease detrimentally impacts the lungs. It is especially devastating for children, people with immune issues, and the elderly. If you have a bat infestation, it is imperative to seek out bat removal services; otherwise, your health and the health of your family could be at risk.

What is Histoplasmosis?

Histoplasmosis is a type of infection that originates upon breathing in the spores of the fungus that is present in bat droppings. This fungus may also be found in bird droppings.

When the spores become airborne, they are most likely to infect people. This commonly happens during gardening, mowing, raking, and other landscaping activities. Many will become infected and not even realize it; however, children, people with immune issues, and the elderly most commonly display symptoms.

In many instances, the illness may pose serious health complications.

Common Symptoms of Histoplasmosis

There are several symptoms that may occur in those that develop histoplasmosis from bats. Often, these symptoms make themselves known anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks of becoming infected.

The following outlines the symptoms that may occur:

  • Many will initially develop a headache.
  • A fever is commonly experienced by those with the infection.
  • Chills may start to occur upon infection.
  • Most histoplasmosis patients find that they suffer from muscle aches and pain in the body.
  • A dry cough may be experienced. This may or may not be accompanied by discomfort within the chest.
  • Joint pain may happen in some people.
  • A rash may develop on the body.
  • In serious and chronic cases, the infected may start to experience weight loss and may have an active cough that includes bringing up blood.

Disseminated Histoplasmosis

Disseminated histoplasmosis is the most severe type of infection. This can affect all parts of the body – including critical internal organs, such as the liver. If treatment is not sought for severe cases, it has the potential to result in death.

If bats are in or around your home, it is imperative that you seek bat removal services immediately. Failure to do so could cost you your life.


There are many severe complications that may stem from a histoplasmosis infection. These include the following:

  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Heart Problems
  • Adrenal Insufficiency
  • Meningitis

We Can Help Reduce Your Risk

We here at Palmetto Wildlife Extractors can help you reduce your risk for developing histoplasmosis from bat droppings by quickly and effectively removing all bats from your home and/or property.

We handle all removals in the most humane way possible, ensuring your safety, your family’s safety, and the safety of your pets. Bats may not be aggressive and they are highly misunderstood; however, one thing is certain, they pose many health risks. Wait no longer, contact us immediately: 855-465-1088

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