What Are Bat Diseases?

Though bats are a vital part of the ecosystem and helpful in eliminating unwanted insects, these flying mammals can threaten human health. The most well-known bat disease is rabies, a virus that can affect both people and their pets. Rabies is transmitted to humans when an infected bat bites or licks a person or animal. Other bat diseases include histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis. Both of these are fungal diseases originating from infectious spores in the animals’ droppings. If their fecal matter is disturbed, the chance for disease transmission is great, as airborne spores can be inhaled into homeowners’ lungs.

Other Problems with Bats

In addition to bat diseases, the pests cause many other problems for residents. As bats frequently roost inside attics, they often damage homes. When colonies are established, accumulated droppings can create a foul, musky odor. Worse, their excrement stains ceilings, walls, and building exteriors. Finally, the presence of bats is revealed through a variety of squeaking and scratching sounds that echo loudly through walls.

Avoiding Bat Diseases

In order to avoid bat diseases, refrain from handling these pests. When bats are infected, they may lay on the ground, appearing to be dead. With the best intentions, homeowners will pick them up to discard of the pest, only to be bitten and run the risk of rabies. Residents should also steer clear of their droppings, as their feces crumble easily, allowing bat disease to spread. When bats have nestled into homes, the professionals at Trutech can safely remove all pests before disease runs rampant.