Bats play a vital role in the ecosystem as a natural deterrent of mosquitos and other pests. However, due to habitat loss, you may find one of these small critters inhabiting your vents, attic, walls, or chimney. Easily removed from your property and living quarters, it’s the health concerns that pose the largest threat to humans. Note, bats are federally protected, and thus it’s illegal to kill or remove one without proper permits. Apex Wildlife is licensed, permitted, and trained to remove bats and any waste that has accumulated.
Hazards: Guano buildup in vents, ducts, walls, and chimneys can facilitate the spread of airborne pathogens and fungi, which can cause detrimental health issues to your family. The worst of these pathogens, that bats present, are rabies and histoplasmosis. Histoplasma Capsulatum spores are released as the guano dries up, and when inhaled by humans and pets, leads to serious fever. If you have been in contact with bats, in and around your property, it is advised to seek medical attention.
Bats, because they are so small, can be very difficult to trap. Exclusion is often the most preferred method of removal. This means that bats should have a way to fly out of the property, but not back in. Once the bats have been removed from the premises, it is also recommended that odor control and waste removal be performed in order to remove any and all hazards from the air.