Bat Feces – An interesting aspect of the relationship between bats and people is how important their droppings have been in many cultures over the centuries, with the high proportion of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium in the substance making it an important fertilizer. Although its importance faded after the development of more chemical fertilizers, the rise of organic farming over recent decades has seen a greater demand for guano again. However, it is also worth reminding people that as well as being useful, bat feces can also be very dangerous, transmitting diseases to people and other animals that come into contact with it, while it can also be difficult to clean too.
The most common and dangerous disease that is transmitted through the feces is histoplasmosis, which is when spores from the feces are inhaled and cause some severe symptoms and can affect breathing, in some cases even proving fatal if it is left untreated. Symptoms can include a persistent cough or flu like symptoms, and it can be quite difficult to identify for medical professionals as the symptoms are shared with so many other conditions. Henipavirus is another condition that can be transmitted by bat feces, and has been found in Africa, Asia and Australia, although due to flu-like symptoms, most human cases have only been discovered after death.
Identifying Bat Feces
This kind of work is certainly not something that you should undertake lightly, as it is not a pleasant job and there are plenty of precautions that you need to take, and in many cases it can be better to hire a professional to carry out the work. As well as removing any loose droppings, in many cases the guano will have become stuck in insulation material or to the beams in a roof area, and to really remove these it can require steps such as removing a layer of the insulation material or scraping it from the wood. Once collected, this should be disposed of safely so that nobody become exposed to the droppings and any airborne spores.
If you are going to be examining bat feces at close quarters, or you are going to be cleaning bat droppings or even working to exclude bats from your property, it is vital that you take certain steps to keep yourself safe. The first thing is to wear a mask so that you can be certain you won’t inhale any of the spores that are found in these droppings, as in some cases these can cause some very serious diseases. It is also best to have a sealable container or a bag that can be used to hold the droppings if you are removing them, or at least some garbage sacks so that the feces can be double bagged to prevent anyone else from being exposed to the spores.
One of the key ways to identify bat feces is that because the feces is dropped from a roosting point on the roof, the feces will accumulate in piles on the floor of the attic or roof space where the bats are present. The droppings are usually black in color, and when they are found individually they are long thin pellets, but it is the fact that they accumulate in piles that really helps bat feces to stand out. Because bats have a diet that is made up of insects, you will often see that at close quarters the droppings have a shiny and speckled coloring, which is the wings of the insects that aren’t broken down fully in the digestive system.
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This is an educational website to help homeowners solve a conflict with an animal in the attic in a humane and effective manner.
To identify the bat feces in your attic, the best bet is to look at the volume of droppings. The odor is actually the most obvious giveaway. It is very distinct – I can identify it when driving in a car for example, but if you’re not familiar with it, that won’t help you. How to get rid of bat droppings in the attic – the best approach is a full cleanup, with either vacuuming of feces or insulation removal, and fogging of the attic with a special enzyme cleaner. But if your attic isn’t too dirty, you may want to skip this expensive step. If you just have some poop in your attic and want to know which animal caused the poop, look at the above images of bat droppings, and you should be able to identify if bats are the culprit.
Of course bats always deficate and urinate in the attic. This can cause odor problems, a breeding ground for mold, is host to potential pathogens and health risks, and the odor can contain odor that attract other bats into the attic. Sometimes the feces or urine can leak through the drywall and onto your ceiling. I have seen that many times. Each bat poops 20-30 times per day (they eat a lot!) and you can do the math. 25 fecal pellets x 365 days = over 9000 bat poops per year per bat. If you have a large colony, the droppings can accumulate. I have personally been inside attics which were loaded with feces over two feet deep throughout the attic, causing the ceilings to cave in. The odor of a colony of bats and their guano can be very strong, and in accumulation, the guano can be a health risk – a place for mold to grow, and can cause potential respiratory infections. For these reasons, many people want to remove the bats in the attic before the problem gets out of hand. Be sure not to touch or even disturb bat feces in an attic. It is often a good idea to clean it up, with a full attic restoration.
Most of the feces accumulates inside the attic and walls of the house, of course, but sometimes droppings fall out and gather on the ground like this.
The best course of action is to dampen the feces and then clean it up that way. This will keep in from spreading. For many, what they do is to simply get a spray bottle like you would use to spray your plants, and lightly spray the feces so it becomes moist. When it is it will not break apart as easily and this will make it easy for you to cleanup in a much safer way.
Here’s a typical case of an accumulation of bat droppings below a roosting area in the attic. It may seem like a lot, but I have seen 1000X this amount
Once you have properly attired yourself, you will want to mix a solution of ammonia and hydrogen peroxide in water. Normally, with most feces it would be best to vacuum up the material, but since this so easily turns to powder and spreads, this is not safe, because your vacuum will disperse this over a larger area, contaminating your whole house. This is not a good idea at all. Don’t forget to clean the mold properly as well. Read about mold in the attic that can come from feces.
Next, get a scrubbing pad and use your ammonia solution to clean the affected area. To be safe you should scrub this at least three or four times to make sure that the wood is cleaned and disease free. All insulation affected by the bat feces must be disposed of and replaced.
Use a paper towel and wipe up the material and put it in a trash bag right away that you will dispose of immediately after you are done with the cleanup.
Bat Feces in the Attic – Photographs, How to Clean Of course bats always deficate and urinate in the attic. This can cause odor problems, a breeding ground for mold, is host to potential