Bats carry various diseases, including rabies and Histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is a health risk associated with bat guano (droppings), which can lead to respiratory issues when the spores are inhaled. Bat infestations cause unsightly stains and foul odors.
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Bats are associated with rabies that affect the nervous system. Rabies is a serious condition that can be fatal if left untreated.
Histoplasmosis Infections: Histoplasmosis is a respiratory disease caused by inhaling spores of the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum, which is commonly found in bat guano (droppings) and soil contaminated with bat waste. When disturbed, these spores can become airborne, and if inhaled, they can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, and fatigue. Individuals with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable.
Bats often roost in attics, wall voids, and other hidden spaces within structures. Bat guano contains high levels of nitrogen and can attract other pests, such as cockroaches and mites.
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Bat bugs are parasitic insects that are closely related to bed bugs. They are often found infesting bat colonies, as they feed on the blood of bats. While bat bugs primarily rely on bats as their hosts, they can bite humans when their preferred hosts are not available.