The bat is an often misunderstood and feared animal, but many common conceptions about bats are simple myths. For example, bats are not blind, and actually can navigate in the dark very well with their echolocation abilities. It’s highly unlikely that a bat would ever get caught in someone’s hair, as a common paranoia would suggest. However, bats do pose risks and dangers to humans. If bats are living in your home, then you should call a bat removal service to have them humanely removed.
- Bats and Rabies
Rabies is probably greatest danger that bats pose to humans. Most people know how serious rabies is, but many don’t realize that rabies is much more common in bats than in other wildlife species. Although it is rare, rabies is so dangerous that a bat should never be approached, and absolutely never handled by a non-professional. Unless treated immediately after exposure, rabies is almost always fatal. If you or someone in your family is bitten by a bat, after calling a physician, contact a wildlife removal expert immediately to try to capture the bat to have it tested for rabies.
- Bat Droppings and Histoplasmosis
The droppings of bats and birds can contain a fungus which causes a disease known as histoplasmosis. When bat droppings have been accumulating for a long time, enough of the fungus may be present in the guano that the spores may be inhaled, infecting the person with histoplasmosis. For this reason, only professional wildlife removal specialists with the right training and equipment should go into regions where bats have been living.
Bats are remarkable creatures, but wild animals do not belong in the home. Bats should only be dealt with be a wildlife removal specialist. For the humane removal of bats, call Humane Wildlife Control. We also handle the removal of raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and opossums. For more information on our bat exclusion services, take a look at our website.