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Back in the fall (late October) a friend gave me three-five gallon pails of bat poop. I dump them into my compost bins,
thinking "Oh boy I'll really have some fine compost for planting in the spring." Then another friend rained on my parade.
What about bacteria, and all the nasty stuff? Shit. In my zeal about some mighty fine compost, I never thought about
the nasty. Now do I just use this compost for flowers only? or is this all for naught.
 
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Its poop. The composting process should break down most toxins, if your really concerned about it, mix it with other non-bat compost to reduce any concentrations. It shouldn't be a problem though.
 
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Bat shit is prized by many. You will be fine. The fear of bats is REALLY over rated. They are not mass vectors of disease. That said: Manure in general should be handled with consideration for potential disease vectors. Mix it with other compostables with a fork and moisten as normal. Cover with carbon material (straw, leaves). Should not be a problem.
 
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Roberto, and Steven, thanks for your reply. I have since added more shredded leaves, and shredded tomato vines and other material from my garden.
Doing this, and the mild weather that we are having, should break down and heat up the pile.
 
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Wow. If somebody offered me that much bat poop, I'd be ecstatic. I once traded for a big bag of rabbit poop, and would do it again.
 
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