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There are few people who can see a bat fluttering around without a twinge of fear or anxiety. These nocturnal creatures have long been the focus of many films portraying them as bloodthirsty villains that hang around just waiting for some unsuspecting human to wander by so that they can attack. Of course, these scenarios are merely produced in the imagination of some writer or producer somewhere and are not based in fact or derived from factual events anywhere in the world. But, we as a society are left with a sense of uneasiness when it comes to these tiny creatures.

Having set the record straight on Hollywood’s portrayal of bats, it is important to note that this is not to imply that bats are harmless. That would be a fantasy as well. Bats are, in fact, very dangerous creatures to have in your home or business, albeit not in the way that the movies suggest. According to the CDC, there are several highly fatal diseases that are attributed to bats – most notably here in the United States are histoplasmosis, rabies, and other lyssavirus; all of which can be deadly.

These diseases, with the exception of histoplasmosis, can be transmitted to people with a bite from an infected bat or through their saliva when it comes in contact with eyes, nose, mouth, or an open wound. Histoplasmosis is transmitted through guano (bat droppings). It is caused by a fungus that grows in the soil and other materials contaminated with guano. The fungus puts off spores that can become airborne and will enter the body during the breathing process. This disease primarily affects the lungs of people who have been exposed but can affect other major organs as well. It is almost always fatal if left untreated.

There is great danger involved in trying to remove bats from your home or business, and not just from the creature itself, but also from their droppings that tend to accumulate very quickly especially beneath nesting sites. DIY is never a good idea where bats are concerned. Proper equipment and great care are necessary to safely remove bats from an enclosed area without sustaining bites or scratches and without disturbing the histoplasmosis containing spores in the guano. This is why bat removal should be left up to the professionals.

Here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we offer expert services for removal of bats from area homes and businesses. Our highly trained and trusted wildlife professionals not only have the proper safety equipment necessary to safely remove bats from your property, but they also know how to safely handle guano. When our experts are called upon to take care of your bat infestation, they will not only remove bats, but they will also properly clean the area to remove the threat from the droppings, and they will help you eliminate entry points that bats utilized and areas and conditions that may be drawing them to your property in the first place.

When you partner with Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions for your bat control needs, you can be assured of fast services that are safe and complete. Give us a call today to see how we can help you safely eliminate the bats that have found their way into your home.

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