- Health Concerns: Bat guano can contain harmful fungi and bacteria, including Histoplasma capsulatum, which can cause respiratory problems and other health issues if inhaled. Removing it helps reduce the risk of disease transmission.
- Odor: Bat guano can produce a strong and unpleasant odor as it decomposes, which can permeate into your living space and make it less pleasant to live in.
- Structural Damage: Over time, the accumulation of guano can cause structural damage to your attic and roof, as it can be corrosive and may attract other pests.
- Attraction to Other Bats: Leaving guano in your attic may attract more bats to the area, leading to a larger infestation.
Before attempting to remove bat guano from your attic, it is important to consider the following:
- Safety: Wear appropriate protective gear, including a mask, gloves, and eye protection, to reduce the risk of exposure to airborne spores and contaminants. You must use a face mask that can filter particulate matter of one millimicron (1mμ) in diameter with filters rated to protect you from fungal spores. Histoplasmosis is no joke.
- Legal Considerations: In some areas, bats are protected by wildlife conservation laws, so it’s essential to check with your local wildlife authorities before taking any action. You may need to consult with a professional wildlife removal service to ensure compliance with these laws. For instance, Florida has strict laws governing when and how a bat exclusion can be performed. This means you will need to plan your bat guano clean-up around the laws in your area.
- Cleanup Methods: The cleanup process should be thorough and may involve vacuuming, disinfection, and sealing entry points to prevent further infestations. We also recommend using air scrubbers while the guano removal is happening to protect you and your family from dangerous spores in the air.
- Professional Help: Removing bat guano from your attic can be difficult to do correctly and potentially hazardous. It is often best to hire a professional wildlife removal service specializing in bat removal and guano cleanup to ensure the job is done safely and effectively. Attic Clean-up is a sister company to Get Bats Out, a leader in commercial and residential bat removal for over 25 years.
In summary, while it is important to remove bat guano from your attic for health and structural reasons, it’s essential to do so carefully, following local regulations and seeking professional help when necessary to ensure safe and effective cleanup.
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