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Is Bat Feces Dangerous to Touch or Breathe?

Is Bat Feces Dangerous to Touch or Breathe?

Identifying bat droppings:
If you find piles of fecal material in your Ohio attic or outside the house that are similar to mouse fecal then you probably have bats in your house. Make sure that fecal material that you found are not old; to do this spread down a piece of newspaper and observe if any new droppings fall on the paper. If you found new droppings you have bats in your Dayton house. Now it’s time to plan for their exclusion as well as clear the place from guano as it can cause severe hazards to your health.

Guano and human safety:
Bat droppings are also called guano and are considered very harmful to human beings. The droppings look like droppings of mouse but these turned into powder form when touched. This powdery substance then becomes airborne in Ohio. This substance is very dangerous if inhaled mistakenly and can cause a very terrible disease that harms the respiratory system and known as Histoplasmosis.

The serious dangers guano can spread:
Most of the time people remain unaware of the affects or harm that Dayton bat dropping can cause. But it is true that human can face serious hazards to health if the care is not taken while cleaning the Ohio area infected with guano. There are numbers serious diseases that guano can spread and some of them can even be fatal. The animal droppings may be a danger simply by their weight as well. As the bats live in colonies so they can make wastage and guano beyond your expectation. The areas like Dayton  attics can be of special attention for you as droppings and urine of bats can destroy the surface.

Safety measures while cleaning the affected area:
Guano could be dangerous if you do not handle it with care. A number of safety measures are assumed to be essential before starting the procedure of cleaning the guano.
• Wearing a full safety suit with a full face mask is compulsory. Try to increase the flow of fresh air in the attic.
• After cleaning the area spray the affected place with 10% bleach. Do not soak; only a light coating to keep the dust down as well as to kill the microbes like the virus responsible for causing Hantavirus.
• Finally bag the affected material using a 3mm bag. Dispose of the bag in an appropriate landfill and safely clean the equipment.

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