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Services: Bat Guano Removal

Bat Guano Removal

    Do I have bats in my attic (scratching noises from attic ceilings), bats in my walls, or is bat guano/droppings affecting my indoor air quality?

    These are very important questions that we ask ourselves especially when there has been a visual or physical confrontation with a bat or hear scratching noises in walls or ceilings in your home or business.  The exposure to the fungi known as Cryptococus-neosporin that is present with bats and bat droppings/guano can be very dangerous for the health of our children, parents, elderly, or individuals with a compromised immune system.    

 It has been found that the same removal methods applied to the removal of asbestos, lead paint, or mold would be appropriate for the removal of guano.  The most important decision you make for your families safety or to protect the interest of your real estate is to hire a professional, preferably one with environmental clean up, mold, lead, & asbestos removal experience and/or licensing. 

The proper decontamination of employees and building materials is just as important as the equipment used.  Removal is not risk free as it may simply spread contamination elsewhere if not performed by an experienced contractor.  Improper mitigation of bat guano will result in serious respiratory disease, allergic reaction, and breathing problems. 

To eliminate concerns of cross contamination, illness, and exposure to loved ones, co workers, employees the following protocol should be followed:

  • Wearing appropriate safety equipment – We provide our workers with the proper equipment to remove fecal matter/guano safely and effectively.  Tyvek Suits, HEPA respirator, Gloves.
  • Negative pressure containment – This engineering control will assure 5-6 complete air exchanges per hour of the work area with fresh filtered air and will ensure that the rest of the home will not be contaminated.  This is important because during the removal of bat guano and contaminated building materials may cause fungi spores, nuisance dust, and other volatile organic compounds to become airborne and thus lead to very serious illnesses. 
  • EPA Registered Disinfectant – This will properly disinfect all surfaces and equipment used to perform the work and a light mist to piles of guano/droppings will help keep the dust down and control airborne particles.
  • Disposal of fecal matter – We dispose of all fecal matter safely.  If all fecal matter is not removed from premises, it will draw animals or rodents onto the property and into your building or home.  The smell alone will attract animals to the area and thus cause further problems for you.
  • Cleaning the contaminated area – The last part of our clean-up process is the final clean up of the contaminated area.  This includes wet wiping the area with an EPA registered anti-microbial biocide/fungicide and HEPA vacuum the entire work area and all equipment.

Risks of Bat Guano

Bat Guano
  • Bat guano will produce a rancid ammonia smell as it decomposes.
  • Excessive weight on ceiling structures. If bat guano piles are high enough, they can cause sheetrock to crack, rot, stain, and collapse.
  • The excretions in bat toilets will drip through the attic floor, causing an unsanitary, disease-harboring, brown splotch on the ceilings in your home or office.
  • Bat droppings are a major breeding ground for fungi like Cryptococus- neosporin, which may lead to diseases such as histoplasmosis.
  • Histoplasmosis is a fungal disease contracted through airborne spores in bat droppings. Histoplasmosis symptoms may be anything from having flu-like symptoms to blood abnormalities, breathing problems,or death. An eye condition has been linked to the bat disease histoplasmosis and can lead to blindness in those who contract it and is incurable.
  • Dry guano can carry histoplasmosis for years and contaminate items you are storing in the attic and therefore pose a huge health risk.

Why Bats Invade

Throughout the fall or winter bats will look for a warm place to go to escape the cold and hibernate. Unfortunately, this means that the place that they retreat to is our homes or office buildings.  Bats commonly reside in building walls, attics or between the roof and the ceiling. The truth is that a bat can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime.  Droppings and dead bats can cause severe odor, damage and contamination of property and heating/AC systems, which makes removing bats from a house & workplace all the more important.

The conventional wisdom to avoid a wild bat is true- they are susceptible to rabies and can spread it even through a very tiny bite or scratch. Most people do not even know that a bat has bitten them.  Sometimes, a bat will bite people you while they sleep.  If bats are in your home, whether it be one or several hundred, it is imperative to get rid of them as quickly as possible.  Bats double the size of their colonies every year.  Once the bat is extracted from your home, the danger still remains.  The fact is that bats produce double their own weight in waste each month.

Bat guano can build up in attics and eaves that have been used by bats, and even if the human occupants of the building are not aware of the dung, they can be harmed by it. After guano has lain around for a couple of years, a fungus can grow in it, releasing spores into the air that cause histoplasmosis in humans.

Bat Guano Removal

Histoplasmosis can cause serious respiratory diseases in humans, causing flu-like symptoms including fever and chest pains. If left untreated, histoplasmosis can turn into a chronic lung disease that resembles tuberculosis. In the very young and the very old, or people with compromised immune systems, histoplasmosis can be fatal. Histoplasmosis can also travel from the lungs to the eyes, causing ocular histoplasmosis syndrome, which destroys the central vision (not peripheral). If caught in time, the lung problems can many times be cured with anti-fungal medications.  However, the ocular disease has no cure.

If bat guano is found in a home or building, it is important to have it removed as soon as possible by a trained professional. A professional knows what to look for in searching for bats and any passageways that is accessible for a bat to enter.  Many times, bat colonies will attempt to return to the same location that they left from.  With this being their nature, all entryways for a bat has to be closed off in order to prevent their return.

To remove guano, our certified professionals will wear a respirator and dress in protective clothing. We will always have the work area under negative pressure using state-of –the-art air filtration equipment to ensure that there is no chance of pollutants to become airborne outside of the work area. Surfaces will then be decontaminated with a HEPA ( High Efficiency Particulate Air – filter) vacuum which filtrates down to .03 microns, wet wipe techniques with EPA registered disinfectants.

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