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Bat Droppings

Posted by animalcontrol on December 19, 2008


This is what bat droppings look like.

This is what bat droppings look like.

Log homes are very popular in the foothills surrounding Denver, Colorado.  Such homes are attractive, cozy and friendly, especially to bats.  I recently referred a professional technician, John, to a bat situation at a log home that was about 10 years old.  For about 3 years the owners had noticed bat droppings in various locations—on the covered porch, near a front window, on the floor inside the home near the back wall.  The droppings looked similar to a mouse poop in size and color, but powdered when touched.  They knew these animals were around because they had seen them flying around near dusk. 


When they called, we advised them to stop handling the bat droppings, known as guano, right away. It is very dangerous, full of bacteria and parasites.  Also, because of its powdery nature, it easily becomes airborne and the people living in the house could contract Histoplasmosis, an extremely serious respiratory illness.


The property owners wisely chose a professional clean-up of their home.  First, John removed the animals without harming them so they can continue to do what they do best:  eat insects.  Next, he performed the necessary repairs and maintenance to the home.  Log homes are especially prone to movement.  Small cracks and gaps, typical of log homes, create perfect access for bats, which can get through amazingly small spaces.  Finally, he cleaned up the mess.  No more smell.  No more powdery poop all over the place.  No more health risks.  The home is again their ideal mountain retreat.


If you suspect that what you are seeing is bat droppings, take precautions.  Proper clean up requires respirators, gloves, hazmat style suits and disposal methods suitable to biohazards.  Be very careful, or, better yet, call us so we can refer you to a professional who can do the job right and make sure it won’t have to be done again any time soon.  A good wildlife control specialist will get the animals out in a safe, ecologically responsibly manner, and make your home secure against unwanted animals.


To learn more about my professional animal removal services, visit this site: http://unitedwildlife.com/AnimalsBats.html


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