Bat Season in Connecticut is in Full Swing
Bat season in Connecticut is in full swing, as bats are getting ready to have their young. The warmer weather is approaching and many home owners find that when they go outside at night as they have cookouts, parties, etc. that they have many bats around their homes. Having bats are very good for the environment and the eco-system. Some people even like having bat houses around their properties to continue having bats around to eat the insects, but just not getting in their homes. Bats thrive on an insect diet, a single bat can eat up to 1,200 mosquito sized insects every hour. Bats usually eat roughly 6,000 – 8,000 insects each night. So essentially they are worth having around your back yard.
Bats will roost in sheltered places during the day. Bat roosts may be in human structures or natural structures, such as hollowed trees, wood piles and caves. Some of these structures are often where bats will hibernate, and have their young. When bats enter a home or building it is usually through a small opening about a 1/4, which leave endless possibilities for the bat to get through. Once the bats take up residence in a structure it can disturb human inhabitants with their guano and urine. Large accumulation of guano and urine can provide a growth for fungi, including the species that causes histoplasmosis.
Histoplasmosis is a disease associated with droppings (guano) of bats. The disease primarily affects the lungs and can be life threatening, particularly to those with a weakened immune system. Histoplasmosis is transmitted when a person inhales spores from the fungus that grows on bat droppings. Symptoms of Histoplasmosis are similar to those of pneumonia. There is no vaccine available to prevent Histoplasmosis, but it can be treated with an anitfungal medication.
Remember to be aware of the good that bats provide to our environment, but to be cautious of the potential threats they may cause if they take up residence in your home, and or structure.