3 Potentially Deadly Diseases Caused By Bats

Nuisance bats are nuisances for very good, and frightening, reasons. For one, they are highly destructive, and can cause extensive structural damages to homes, buildings, barns, and more. These damages are not only tedious to reverse, but also very costly. However, the threat of structural damage is not the key reason why bats are not something you want around your property. The biggest threat they pose is disease and illness. Bats are common carriers of several infectious and parasitic diseases, some of which are potentially deadly to both people and pets.

Continue reading to learn more about bat diseases and safety threats, including the top 3 diseases that can be fatal.

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Rabies Virus

The most widely known disease associated with bats is the rabies virus.  Rabies is a very serious illness that is easily spread through bodily fluids, like urine or saliva. There is no cure or treatment for Rabies once it is contracted, making it 100% fatal. For this reason, pet vaccinations are crucial. In fact, the Kentucky Administrative Code statute states that all dogs, cats, and ferrets must be vaccinated at 4 months of age, and then re-vaccinated annually by a licensed and accredited veterinarian. If a bat were to bite a person, it is possible for that person to contract the Rabies virus. In this case, they would require immediate medical attention involving a series of injections, medications, and treatments. But before the vaccine was invented in the 1900’s, all cases of rabies in humans were fatal. 


Histoplasmosis is an infectious disease that is contracted as a result of being exposure to bat droppings (guano) over a long period of time. A fungus that grows in guano called Histoplasmosis Capsulatum produces spores will travel through ductwork and into the living or trafficked areas of a property, thus exposing people and pets without any knowledge. The inhalation of these spores can cause flu-like symptoms, such as coughing and difficulty breathing. Fortunately, there is a treatment for Histoplasmosis, as well as vaccines for pets. However, the disease can turn deadly for those with existing medical conditions or suppressed immune systems, as well as for infants and elderly folk.

Fibrosing Mediastinitus

If a person is ill with Histoplasmosis, they may experience a very rare complication of the disease called Fibrosing Mediastinitus. In contrast to the symptoms of Histoplasmosis, Fibrosing Mediastinitus will cause serious complications that can lead to death. The disease essentially constricts the heart and lungs from functioning. Without immediate treatment, it can be fatal. Although very rare, it is a terrible and painful disease for those infected.

Dealing With Nuisance Bats?

If you suspect you have issues with bats, or a bat infestation in the attic or other area of your home, contact our DNR licensed and insured professionals at 553-502-7622 for safe and humane bat control service in Louisville, Kentucky and its surrounding counties. We have more than two decades of experience working with bats and offer both residential and commercial bat removal and control services, including minor attic restorations for bat damages. Request a free estimate, today.

What is the Difference Between Bat Removal Companies?

When it comes to getting rid of bats and the damages they leave behind, not all bat removal and control companies are the same. There are many divergences among these companies, including experience, resources, skills, knowledge, licensing, reliability, craftsmanship, customer service, and of course, pricing. For a better understanding, continue below.

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Louisville Bat Removal and Control 502-553-7622

It is easier to understand the difference among various levels of bat removal companies when you use a simple car mechanic analogy. For example, car mechanics are a dime a dozen; there are good mechanics and there are mechanics that are not good.

The good mechanic may take longer to schedule an appointment with since they are so busy, and may even cost more money. This is usually because they are a trusted industry service provider with repeat clientele. On the other hand, the bad mechanic may be able to get you in right away, and for a cost that considerably lower than their competitors. This is because they do not have repeat customers and need fast money for overhead costs and accumulating debt.

So what’s really the risk in choosing the bad mechanic over the good one? The good mechanic WILL repair your vehicle, and furthermore, be there for you in the future if something were to go wrong. The bad mechanic MIGHT repair your vehicle, and may also vanish off the face of the planet after they take your money.

How it Applies to Bat Removal

The same analogy applies to bat removal companies. There are good ones, and there are fly-by-the-night companies that do not have a reputation for dependability, longevity, or customer service. Just the same as car repair, bat removal is a significant investment. It is important to choose a provider that is a true industry expert, and adheres to all industry-accepted best practices and all local and federal laws that govern wildlife control.

If you suspect that nuisance bats are roosting inside your home or property, or you have notice habitual bat activity night after night outside of your residence, it is vital that you contact an adept and fully-equipped Louisville bat removal specialist that can deliver real workable solutions that fit your budget.

A Louisville Bat Removal Company You Can Trust

Call 502-553-7622 for Louisville bat removal and control you can trust. We are DNR licensed and insured bat control contractors who use safe, non-lethal methods of extraction and exclusion. We serve both residential and commercial clients, and at the most competitive prices in town. Emergency 24 hour service is also available. Request a free estimate, today.