Halloween Critter Report: Are Bats Dangerous?

Everyone knows Halloween stops being scary past the age of 5, but it’s still pretty terrifying to find a bat in your house in the dead of All Hallow’s Eve. With their leathery wings and hog noses, bats are certainly the most sinister of Halloween critters.

But are bats dangerous? To anyone besides the criminals of Gotham City that is?

Bats Are (Not) Dangerous

While bats aren’t generally lurking in the shadows waiting for an opportunity to feed on warm human blood, you don’t necessarily want to keep one as a pet either.

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As with most animals, bats are more scared of you than the other way around, however they can be carriers of a variety of infectious diseases including rabies. In addition, bat droppings or guano, carries bacteria that can generate a dangerous fungus called Histoplasmosis.

Also known as the “cave disease,” a Histoplasmosis infection generally hits the lungs first, yielding flu-like symptoms, however it can be deadly if left untreated.

That’s why you need to get rid of bats fast if you find them in your attic or another secluded part of your home. The longer they’re left to their own devices, the bigger the mess you’ll have to clean up when you finally get down to bat removal!

How to Get Rid of Bats

The best way to get rid of bats is by contacting a certified pest control company in Toronto, such as Terminix Canada. Using homemade techniques to get rid of bats is more likely to result in your or the bats being injured, and can be especially dangerous if you suspect the bats are rabid.


For expert bat removal from London, Ontario to Downtown Toronto, contact Terminix Canada today. We use integrated pest management methods such as exclusion to get rid of bats naturally and safely.