Have you been seeing more bats than usual flying around your house at dusk? Is there a funny smell that seems to be coming from your attic? There might be some bats roosting in your home during the day, waiting for the bugs to come out at night to emerge and feed. And if there have been bats in your attic, you can be sure that there is at least a little bit of guano as well. This is the #1 thing you have to look out for when you have bats, since it poses the most problems for homeowners.
Any animal waste should be treated with care, but guano has some unique features which merit even more caution. Because bats roost on the ceiling in attics, their waste drops to the ground and piles up over time. The piling tendency of guano introduces complications. It puts a significant amount of weight on a concentrated area, which can compromise ceilings and walls. Guano is also dusty and crumbly, and when disturbed, can release spores into the air. It is not sanitary to breath it in, so removing guano requires specific safety equipment.
Cleaning Up Guano
If you have only had bats in your attic for a short amount of time, then there’s a good chance you just have scattered dropping which have not built up into piles yet. This is the best case scenario and shouldn’t be too hard to clean. Otherwise, you’ll need professional-grade cleaning and safety equipment to do the job. Most of the time, guano will also contaminate attic insulation, which means that you will need to replace that as well.
Instead of trying to tackle the job on your own, let the experts take care of it for you. At Critter Control® of Sarasota, we have all the experience and tools necessary to not only get the bats out of your home safely, but also remove all the guano that has accumulated. Call us today for our industry-leading animal control services at 941-355-9511.