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Bats are nuisance critters. Bats also pose health risks to the occupants of the properties they infest. The critters can spread harmful diseases through their feces and urine. Bats can spread lung diseases through their droppings. Removing bat droppings is an essential part of reclaiming your property after you remove the critters. In this article, we cover how to remove bat droppings from concrete.
Because serious respiratory diseases are spread through bat droppings, the removal is a high-risk activity. This is why safety measures may be applied in the removal of bat droppings. The important safety materials are gloves, masks, and overalls. Wear this protective clothing before you begin removing the droppings.
The mask is for preventing the inhalation of spores. This is important because fungal spores that cause Histoplasmosis are found in bat droppings. The gloves protect your hands from direct contact with the feces. Touching the feces and your mouth, eyes, or nose afterward is a simple way of contracting the infection. The overalls serves a similar purpose to the gloves to protect your skin and clothes so that you do not carry the harmful spores to the rest of your house.
You should also apply safety measures to control the spread of the dust from the affected area. This is to make sure that you do not, unknowingly, spread the spores throughout your house.
Safety measures necessary when removing bat droppings from concrete also include disinfecting all non-disposable items used, ranging from overalls to shovels and trowels. Also, ensure that all disposable items are safely disposed of.
Firstly, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the droppings. You shouldn’t use a household vacuum cleaner as they are not well equipped for this purpose. Have disposable bags ready for transferring the droppings.
We strongly advise against the sweeping of the droppings. Sweeping will raise the dust and cause harmful spores to spread faster. A vacuum cleaner is the most effective option for removing the droppings.
If a vacuum cleaner cannot do the job, you can use a shovel or trowel for the initial removal of the droppings.
After the initial removal of the droppings with a vacuum cleaner, there are bound to be clumps stuck to the ground. To remove the clumps as well as sanitize your property, apply a disinfectant. Enzyme- based disinfectants are most effective for this purpose because they break down the droppings as well as sanitize the area. After covering the affected area in the cleaning agent, you can then go ahead to brush it.
When removing bat droppings from surfaces, including concrete, you should note areas that cannot be cleaned. Areas with insulation, for example, should not be cleaned. Instead, they should be discarded outright.
The surrounding area from the place where the droppings were removed should also be well cleaned. Even if you’re not sure whether a surface was affected, as long as it is close to where the droppings were removed, apply the cleaning agent accordingly.
You should also use an atomizing machine to remove leftover particles that could be easily missed. It is important to also apply measures that will keep bats out of your property for good in the long term. Before removing the droppings, you must get rid of the infesting bats. You should follow that up with measures to ensure that the critters never come back.
Such measures are sealing all possible entry points permanently after repairing the damage done and making your property inaccessible to the critters. You could also apply exclusion measures to keep the critters out.
Irrespective of the kind of space occupied by the critters, removing the droppings they left behind is an important part of keeping your property safe. If the critters have been removed but the droppings still remain, occupants of the property are still at risk.