The past year took the world by storm with the sudden outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). On March 11, 2020, World Health Organization declared it a global pandemic. Momentarily, what seems to have been first discovered in Wuhan, China is now a global pandemic that changed how people lived and survived daily. The virus’s occurrence was not limited to its place of origin; in fact, it spread like fire worldwide. It gave rise to practices like social distancing, quarantine, sanitization, disinfecting (the lists can go on) which were implemented to protect individuals from the deadly virus.
How Dangerous Are Bats?
Bats can transmit viruses that are harmful to other mammals without themselves showing any severe signs of the disease. In fact, bats are natural repositories for viruses that have some of the highest fatal outcome rates. This includes Rabies, Ebola, and maybe SARS coronavirus (if proven). Wildlife animal control in San Antonio believes that bats have a chain of antiviral defenses that maintain the amount of virus in check. Some bats may have an antiviral immune response termed as the interferon pathway that is frequently switched on. In other mammals, possessing such a hyper-vigilant immune response would lead to dangerous inflammation. On the other hand, Bats have adapted an anti-inflammatory quality that shields them from such harm, including the loss of specific genes that usually promote inflammation. Nevertheless, no one has explored how these unique antiviral defenses of bats influence the viruses.
What Should You Do If You Found Bats In Your Premises?
Reading the above must have given you a brief idea about how bats have been sources of other viral diseases. Do you really want them to be lurking around on your premises? The obvious answer is “no”, you have to get in touch with a licensed, bonded, and insured pest control company in San Antonio, and get rid of the bats in your compound before you have a new disease variant that risks your life and that of the people around you.
Accurate Pest Control specializes in wildlife animal control for properties in San Antonio. This includes various common household pests like mice, snakes, bats, raccoons, opossums, etc., with the usage of proper techniques and methods to eradicate them away from your premises. Bats can easily enter any compound, and most of the time, property owners may not even know of their existence. Any attempt to remove bats from your compound without professional help can be dangerous as well as not advisable. We at Accurate Pest Control use special exit tubes to remove them and exclude entry points to keep them away. All executed with utmost consideration and safety of all individuals on the property.
Are Bats the Cause of Covid-19?
All right, coming back to the initial question, are bats the cause of Covid-19? “Well, the answer is maybe. Yes, the answer is “maybe” because the original source that caused the virus is still unknown to date. Various scientists and researchers have been researching the cause and source but have not found a proven and definite cause of the deadly virus on the leash that has taken more lives since the Spanish flu. While there are tons of misinformation circulating around Covid-19, it is also necessary to know that not all bats are harmful or carry viral diseases. Human activities that alter the environment can amplify the risk of disease overflow from wildlife to people.
There are more than 1,200 bat species globally, and you never know what bat species reside in your compound.