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The Effects of Bat Guano on Your Commercial Building

The Effects of Bat Guano on Your Commercial BuildingWhile it’s true our Tampa ecosystem depends on bats to regulate the insect population, they are never something you want to see in your commercial building. Not only are they a nuisance, but they also carry with them potential dangers that put all those in the building at risk. In fact, bats themselves aren’t a serious threat – they are relatively harmless creatures. You should worry more about the damage caused by their guano.

What is Bat Guano?

Guano is the specific term for bat excrement, and it has been historically significant for its fertilization properties and its use in explosives. It collects under the main roosting area of bats, forming large dusty piles. When these guano piles are disturbed, the dust particles can permeate the air in the surrounding area. However desirable bat guano is for some industries, it is dangerous to have in your building, for several reasons.

  • Mess

    Bat guano leaves an awful mess. If you have an infestation or a colony of bats living in your building, the guano piles can cause a disruption to your operations. Animal excrement in general should always be cleaned up as soon as possible, and guano in particular. The urine and dusty excrement piles can pose health hazards and make those in the building feel unsafe.

  • Destruction

    Though bats themselves aren’t dangerous to people, they can be to buildings. Their guano can corrode and eat through drywall, which can be quite costly to have fixed. Once it seeps into the ceiling, walls, or any other structures, serious renovations might be needed.

  • Smell

    The awful smell produced by bat droppings and urine can be a nuisance too. No workers or customers want to be in a building rank with the odor of excrement – this is an extremely undesirable work environment.

Contact Our Experts

Due to the hazardous nature of bat guano deposits, we never recommend attempting to clean up after bats on your own. Our bat experts here at Critter Control® of Tampa have over thirty years of experience in bat removal and cleanup in surrounding Tampa area businesses. Our professionals will execute the best procedures to remove and dispose of all guano, ensuring the safety of you and your coworkers/employees. If you have any questions about bats and bat guano, or if you would like to schedule your free consultation, please call us at 813-948-0870 today.

How to Clean Up Bat Guano

How to Clean Up Bat GuanoBats are greatly appreciated for keeping insect populations regulated. But when entering our homes, they can leave behind a not-so-appreciated gift: bat guano. Some gardeners love bat guano because it’s a great fertilizer with high levels of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium. However, most people would rather remove bat excrement from their home right away, so we’ve broken that process down into six simple steps.

Step 1: Identify the Bat Guano

People often confuse mouse droppings with bat guano, but correctly identifying the excrement is crucial to understanding how to properly remove it. Mouse droppings are scattered and become hard when dry, while bat guano clusters in one area and crumbles when touched.

Step 2: Make Sure All Bats Are Removed

Bats can enter homes through loose shingles, gaps in brick walls, and openings in the attic. In order to ensure a safe cleaning environment, make sure all bats are removed and all entry points in your home are sealed.

Step 3: Wear Protective Gear

Contact with bat guano puts you at risk of being exposed to infections such as histoplasmosis. Symptoms include chest pain, rash, shortness of breath, and muscle ache. Take precautions by wearing eye protection, two pairs of gloves, and a HEPA air filter mask.

Step 4: Safely Remove the Bat Guano

Spray a 10% bleach-water solution onto the excrement before removal. This prevents the fecal matter from becoming airborne and entering your lungs during the cleaning.  Professionals have a special vacuum for safely and effectively removing bat guano. However, if you don’t have access to this tool, carefully scoop up the material with your gloved hands and seal it in a plastic bag. You should also continue to spray down the area during the removal process when necessary.

Step 5: Scrub All Surfaces with Enzyme Cleaner

Once all the guano is removed, use an enzyme-based cleaner to sanitize surfaces and ensure that no residue is left behind. Also, check if your home’s insulation is affected. If there isn’t much guano build-up, then you can simply spray the insulation with the cleaner. However, if insulation is covered with guano, then it must be removed and replaced as soon as possible.

Step 6: Fog the Entire Attic

Even after removing the guano and scrubbing surfaces, there is still a chance that residue remains. Consider using an electric atomizer that will fog the enzyme-based cleaner and fully sterilize the area.

We Can Clean It for You

Bat guano removal is a long and tedious process that should be handled by professionals. Here at Critter Control® of Tampa, we have the experience and resources needed to safely remove any bat excrement in your home. Rather than spending your time and money searching for the right equipment, you can contact us to seal entry ways and properly sterilize your home. To schedule a free inspection, give us a call at 813-948-0870.

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