Over a six-week period in the fall of 2021, three Americans—including one child—died from rabies after being exposed to rabid bats. The tragic deaths occurred in Idaho, Illinois, Texas. This alarming news brings the total of reported 2021 rabies cases in the U.S. to five, which is concerning considering that zero cases of rabies were reported in the U.S. in both 2019 and 2020.
The symptoms of rabies include fever, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, hallucination and confusion. Most rabies-related deaths occur between two and three weeks after the onset of symptoms.
While bats can be beneficial to Florida’s ecosystem by helping to pollinate plants and balance the state’s invasive insect population, the growing risk they may pose to you and others on your property is too great. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bats account for 70% of rabies infections in the U.S. Therefore, the CDC has issued a health risk alert warning citizens to never touch or handle bats.
If you notice the signs of bats on your Central Florida property, then keep a safe distance and call the experienced and equipped wildlife removal professionals at Critter Control® of Orlando to safely and legally remove bats from your property.
4 Signs of a Growing Bat Issue
Here are some telltale signs of a bat infestation.
- Rustling in the walls – This usually occurs around dusk when bats are beginning to become active. The rustling of their wings is audible if the walls are thin.
- Stains around entry points – Bats will leave brown marks around common entry points due to the grease and oils on their fur.
- Squeaking – Bats use echolocation to help “see” their surroundings. To use this sense, they make a high-pitched squeak.
- Bat guano – This is the most severe sign of a bat infestation. Toxic bat droppings, known as guano, will leave stains and produce a distinct, ammonia-like smell.
Other Diseases Carried by Bats
In addition to rabies, bats can spread the following diseases to humans through either direct or indirect contact.
- Histoplasmosis – This respiratory disease is caused by a fungus that grows in bat guano. If inhaled by or exposed to humans, it can cause serious health issues.
- Salmonellosis – This is one of more than 60 zoonotic viruses carried by bats. Spread through a bite, salmonellosis can cause a fever, stomach cramps, and other digestive issues.
The Difficulty of Bat Removal
Bats should never be permitted to roost on or inside your Orlando home or business. However, bat removal is a complicated process due to the animal’s protected status. Therefore, you must contact wildlife removal experts who know how to legally conduct a safe and humane bat removal process.
Your Local Bat Removal Experts
The licensed and trained technicians at Critter Control® of Orlando will inspect your property from top to bottom to create a strategic plan to remove invasive bats. Using high-quality exclusion devices, extensive training, and exclusive CritterSafe® methods, our team will ensure a safe and humane process that preserves your property and protects the invasive bat species. Once we safely exclude the intruding animal, we will seal any openings or entryways that bats or other critters could use to gain entry.
If you spot or smell any symptoms of a bat infestation in your home or business, call the bat removal experts at Critter Control® of Orlando. To schedule your consultation and receive a free estimate for our bat removal services, call 407-295-7194 today.