The steps to clean bat droppings out of your attic

Unfortunately, if your property suffers from a bat infestation, it will likely leave its mark. Bats, like all pests, defecate, often in the most inaccessible areas, making it doubly hard to clear up. It is vitally important to clear up bat droppings as soon as you see them in your attic. The primary reason for this is that they emit a foul odor, enough to spread around the whole house, making it virtually uninhabitable. If the droppings have enough time to set onto a surface on your attic, the resulting smell, even if the droppings themselves are removed, can last for weeks. A second, more worrying reason for the removal of bat droppings is that they are ever so slightly acidic. The effects of this are not seen in individual cases, but if there is a gradual build-up over a number of months the acid can start to damage your surfaces. If the droppings are on important parts of your house involved in the foundations or structure, structural damage is a real risk. For this reason, it is absolutely imperative that you remove the droppings as quickly as possible. Before doing this, certain precautions must be taken. This is because bats can carry various diseases that are harmful to humans and pets, especially rabies. You should do everything it takes to not contract one of these illnesses.

If it is a small number of droppings

Most cases of bat droppings are isolated incidents, with only a few present. If this is the case, removal should be safe and easy. To remove the droppings, you will need some safety equipment, such as disinfectant spray and gloves. A dustpan or shovel would also be useful, as would some water. Before removing the droppings, don some disposable gloves to avoid skin contact that puts you in danger of disease. If the droppings have been present for a number of days, they will likely have hardened. If this is the case, use a dustpan or shovel to scrape underneath them and place them into a container that can be easily washed, such as a bucket. 

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Once all of the droppings have been removed, identify where there are remains on the surface. These can still be odorous and infectious. Use some material such as steel wool to scrape at the remains, making sure to disinfect all surfaces regularly. Once this is done, cover where the droppings were with a towel or other cloth. This should have been disinfected as well. Place over the area where the droppings were and leave
for 48 hours, making sure not to go near the place for the allotted time. This allows for any harmful substances or bacteria to die out and not infect another organism. Once you have the droppings in a container, there are a couple of ways to remove them. Incineration is a popular method, as it removes all traces of the droppings and any harmful pathogens. Another solution is to spread them on any soil you may have, or simply place them into the garbage bin. Once this is done, remember to disinfect all of your equipment.

If you are removing the droppings only hours after they have been produced, they may still be moist. If so, spray them with water, before using soapy water to scrub them away using steel wool. Once you have done this, follow the steps above in order to safely remove any trace of the droppings.

If there is a large number of droppings

Large amounts of bat droppings, especially when they have been allowed to fester, can be particularly harmful. Because of this, many seek professional help from a pest control service to get rid of their problem safely and effectively. Most areas have multiple pest control companies, and you can contact them via the internet or through a directory. If you are unable to do this for any reason, whether logistical or financial, it is still possible to remove the droppings by yourself. However, extra precautions must be taken. This can be in the form of a face mask, visor, or protective suit, to ensure you are safe whilst dealing with a harmful substance.

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