One of the biggest problems that comes with having a colony of bats roosting in a building or home is the large amount of waste, or guano, left behind. Bats eat a lot of insects, and have a high metabolism, and each bat poops 20-30 times per day, leaving behind a whole heck of a lot of bat poo! These are the primary reasons you want to clean up the guano after the bats are gone:
- The guano can grow a type of fungus that can cause the lung disease histoplasmosis in humans.
- The same can happen to pets too. What Diseases Can Bats Give to Pets? - The droppings just plain smell bad, and in quantity, have an odor that can overpower the house.
- The droppings and urine are corrosive to wood and metal, and can compromise the structural integrity of the building. In short, the wood can rot.
- The droppings and the scent will lure in other animals and insects - I often see hundreds of cockroaches crawling on bat guano.
- Read about How Dangerous Are Bat Droppings?
Here are the proper steps for cleaning bat guano out of an attic or any other space:
Step 1: Make certain the bats are all removed, and the building is sealed so none can get back in.
Step 2: Remove lose droppings on smooth surfaces by vacuum, as seen in the below photo, and scrub such surfaces with an enzyme-based cleaner.
Step 3: Remove all soiled insulation - you're not going to be able to clean it. If it's not too badly soiled, you can just spray it with the cleaner.
Step 4: Fog the entire attic space with the special cleaner.
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