Is It Dangerous to Have Bats in a House?

If you are reading this, it is quite likely that you have had the unfortunate experience of discovering a bat or multiple bats in your home. Are they dangerous? Yes, bats are dangerous just like any other type of wild creature.

Is it dangerous to have bats within your home? Yes, it certainly is dangerous! This is – mostly – due to the health risks that they pose to people and their pets. Continue reading to learn more.

Bats are relatively small wild animals, but have the ability to create very large messes. In most instances, homeowners will discover bats within the attic of their home. One of the first signs of the presence of bats is the guano (fecal matter) located within the home.

Not only is this gross, it contains spores. Humans have the ability to inhale the fungal-based spores. In turn, they may develop a disease. This disease is histoplasmosis. 

In most instances, bats will not attack people. The average bat does not feed on blood, either. In the rare event that there is an attack, it is because the bat feels threatened. It may then scratch or even bite a person. It is not trying to be aggressive. It is only trying to protect itself.

If a bat finds its way out of the attic and into the other parts of the home, you may observe it flying in a frantic manner. This is only because it is trying to find its way out. 

Bats are capable of having rabies. It has been estimated that about 2% of all bats are actually carrying this disease. Still, the risk is there. You may just have some of that 2% in your home.

You must always practice caution around bats and take measures to protect  yourself just in case they are carrying rabies. All it takes is one bite and the disease may be passed to you. 

If you receive a bite from a bat, you must seek medical assistance immediately. The only way to confirm that a bat is carrying rabies is by having it sent off for testing. Do not handle any bats in your house on your own.

You must contact a wildlife removal specialist to have the bat removed from your home. These experts are trained and have the right tools and equipment for the job. If you attempt the task yourself, you may find that you become injured or ill. 

It does not matter if a bat is in your home or outside of your home, it poses a danger to you. In most instances, the danger comes from the illnesses that may be transferred to you. If you find that bats have made their way into your home, you may contact us here at Palmetto Wildlife Extractors today.

We are trained to quickly capture and remove bats from residences. In addition to homes, we may remove bats from other buildings as well. For more information, contact us today at: 855-465-1088

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