Can Bat Droppings Make you Sick?

Yes, bat droppings can make you sick. Bat droppings have a very specific fungus that only pertains to bat droppings. Once these spores are inhaled, they can cause a disease called histoplasmosis, a disease that primarily attacks the respiratory functions, especially the lungs. In certain stages of the disease, it can even cause lesions on the skin

Bat droppings equal bat presence. If you have bats in your home or business and want them removed, hire Bat Removal Peterborough. 

Histoplasmosis may appear between 3 days and two weeks and might not even show symptoms at all until way later. These symptoms, if visible, can last several weeks long to roughly a month. There are some people though who have symptoms that last longer than a month, and this can be due to a severe infection.

For people who have a compromised immune system like children, the elderly, and ones with conditions, these symptoms might even develop into a full-blown lung infection where it can even spread from the lung to other parts of the body such as the Central Nervous System.  As earlier mentioned before, most people will display no symptoms at all, but those with weaker immune systems can show the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Dry cough/cough with blood in the chronic phase
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Chest discomfort
  • Pain in the joints


If this is the case, then seek immediate help from a licensed medical practitioner. Since bat feces are the main cause here, it is important that you know how to spot bat feces. Bat feces or bat guano are quite distinct and might even resemble rat feces. Just like rat feces, these bat feces resemble tiny black pellets and will be found wherever the bat has been active.

Bat feces have long been used as a natural fertilizer before the arrival of natural fertilizer since it is rich is nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus which are highly beneficial for plants. One main distinguisher between bat feces and rat feces is that in bat poop if you look up close that bat poop may have shiny particles and this is from the wings of insects that the bat eats since t is part of their natural diet.

The bat here might seem contradictory because the feces are highly beneficial and the bat itself is a natural exterminator having been the reason why certain insects have not invaded areas.

Bat Removal Specialists?

The best way here is to hire professional bat removal specialists to have your bats removed and the feces as well. Professional bat removal specialists have the tools and the skill to make sure that the bats will be removed and stay out with robust proofing and sealing solutions. To book us, call Wildlife Removal Peterborough! 705-410-3708.