Is Bat Feces Dangerous to Touch or Breathe?
The short answer is that it can be. If mold has grown on the feces, and the spores are airborne, then it can cause lung disease. If the droppings contain parasites or other pathogens, then it can be
dangerous to touch, especially if you don't wash your hands afterward, and accidentally get the feces in any mucous membrane or ingest it. Overall, bat feces aren't super dangerous, and gloves and a mask
are a good idea to keep you safe.
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Identifying bat droppings:
Look at the above photo. If you find piles of fecal material in your Ohio attic or outside the house below a bat entry hole that are similar to above, like brown grains of rice (they look similar to mouse feces) 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 potentially very harmful to human beings. The droppings look like droppings
of mouse but they can turn into powder form when touched. This powdery substance then becomes airborne. If a fungus has grown on the droppings, 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 humans can face serious hazards to health if the care is not taken while cleaning the 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 Ohio 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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