When talking about pests, termites, bees, bugs and other insects are the ones that immediately come to mind. Mice also cause a lot of trouble, so they may come in next. Bats aren’t usually among the first things you associate with pests.

Bat infestation is also common in the United States, and most cases happen during summer and spring, when baby bats are born. They may also take shelter in attics during winter. Because they mostly feed on insects, homeowners may think they don’t cause a lot of trouble. But, they transmit a number of diseases.

Bat infestation may put you at risk of any of the following:

Rabies

Along with dogs and foxes, bats are among the most well-known animals that transmit rabies. When a rabid animal bites, or when a person’s eyes, mouth, nose or fresh wound gets in contact with its saliva, infection happens. Rabies is almost always fatal.

In the United States, more than 30,000 people get a post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) vaccination every year as a result of rabies. Symptoms such as a tingling sensation around the bitten area, fever, and nausea begin to show immediately following the infection.

Histoplasmosis

It is a disease that primarily affects the lungs. While its symptoms vary greatly, the more common ones include chest discomfort, fever, and chills. Fungi found in bat droppings cause the disease. When infection extends to different parts of the body, histoplasmosis can be fatal.

Viruses

Bats carry several dangerous viruses such as Marburg, Nipah, and Hendra. Recently, they have been linked to the Ebola virus. All types cause hemorrhagic fevers and may result in death and irreversible damages in health.

They are not just another type of unwanted inhabitants in your attic. When infestation occurs, bats put you at risk of serious health problems. Don’t hesitate to call for professional help to address bat infestation as soon as possible. Here at Yes Pest Pros, we use up-to-date methods to rid your homes of pests and keep them from coming back. Stay safe, and leave the pest control to us.