The state of Maryland is home to 10 different types of bat species. With ten different species of bats throughout the state, you are bound to come in contact with a bat in Howard County. Although bats provide benefits for our ecosystem like eating insects that can destroy crops, bats can carry diseases that can be fatal to humans. One of the main diseases that bats can carry that can be harmful to humans is rabies. Bats can transmit the disease to humans by biting an individual or by their infected saliva entering a human’s nose, eyes, mouth, or by an open wound. When an individual becomes infected by rabies, their nervous system is attacked by the virus. If left untreated, rabies can infect the brain and ultimately cause death. Some symptoms of rabies include:

  1. Fever
  2. Headache
  3. Agitation
  4. Difficulty swallowing
  5. Hallucinations

Another disease that bats can carry is histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is caused by a fungus that grows in the soil contaminated by the droppings of bats and birds. The symptoms of histoplasmosis can be mistaken as those of pneumonia, and like pneumonia, the disease can become fatal if left untreated. If you believe that a bat is currently living or has been living in any area of your home, do not take matters into your own hands; instead call Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. At Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control, our trained technicians know the safest and most sanitary procedures to remove bats from your Howard County home. Our techniques are humane and will ensure the safety of you, our technicians, and the animals. We specialize in the removal of the most commonly found bats in Maryland including:

  1. Hoary Bat
  2. Indiana Bat
  3. Silver Haired Bat
  4. Little Brown Bat
  5. Northern Long-Eared Bat
  6. Eastern Red Bat

If you are in need of professional bat removal, call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today at 443.417.3137. You can also click here for our contact page. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Facebook.   Source: http://www.cdc.gov/features/bats/ http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/ http://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/histoplasmosis/index.html   *Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.