Harmful Effects of Bats in Your Attic

Having bats in your attic can be worse than having them in the belfry. West Palm Beach BatsBats in an attic pose a number of potential dangers to everyone living in a home. Bats can gain entry to attics in numerous ways: through a chimney, open windows, gaps in the walls, etc. Once there, they can set up a roost and come back every night, bringing others with them.

Flying Health Hazards

Bats can harm humans in a few different ways. While they’re too small for their bites to cause serious pain, bats can spread disease. The worst illness carried by bats is rabies, which can cause a range of symptoms including:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Delirium

In some severe cases, rabies can lead to coma or death.

Bat droppings (guano) also cause health problems. Many bats are infected with the histoplasmosis fungus, which grows in their feces. If bats are allowed to roost in one area long enough for large piles of guano to develop, the spores of the histoplasmosis fungus can be spread through the air, infecting people. Histoplasmosis isn’t usually as dangerous as rabies, but it does become serious in some cases. Some of its symptoms include:

  • Chest pain.
  • Chills.
  • Cough.
  • Fever.
  • Joint pain and stiffness.
  • Muscle aches and stiffness.
  • Rash (usually small sores on the lower legs)
  • Shortness of breath.

Call the Experts

Because bats in an attic can be dangerous to humans, they should be removed by professionals. If you have a bat problem, have any questions about your bat problem, or would like a free consultation, call the experts at Critter Control®  today.