Bats are small, quiet animals that like to seek shelter in dark places. Homeowners might not even realize they have bats in their house, aside from the occasional squeak from the attic or scratching in the basement. This makes it very easy for humans to come into contact with bats. If you do come into contact with a bat, here is what you need to know.
Bats can carry rabies
Not all bats carry rabies, but they are very dangerous if they do have this deadly disease.
It is impossible to tell if a bat has rabies just by looking at it. Rabies can only be confirmed through laboratory testing. But there are several signs that might signify a rabid bat.
Be on the lookout for any unusual activity, such as being active during the day or in public places. If a bat seems disoriented, easily approachable, and unable to fly, these are all signs of a sick or rabid animal.
Wash any affected areas
Many individuals come in contact with bats accidentally. Bats tend to hide in dark attics or hang from the ceiling of rooms, which means people might not notice them until it is too late.
If you come into contact with a bat or infectious material, such as saliva or droppings, be sure to thoroughly wash the area with soap and water. This is especially true if materials from the bat get into your eyes, nose, mouth, or an open wound.
After a bat infestation is resolved, homeowners should also thoroughly wash all surfaces and potentially affected areas to avoid rabies or other illnesses.
Bat bites and scratches are not always obvious
Bats have small, yet extremely sharp teeth. A bat bite is often very small and resembles a pin prick, which means they can be difficult to find. These bite marks can also disappear quickly, which means the individual might not even notice they have been bitten.
A scratch from a bat can be just as small and not easily noticed, which makes them just as dangerous.
If you have been bitten or scratched by one of these small creatures, be sure to seek medical attention or advice as soon as possible. If you have a bat in your house, have all humans and pets checked, even if you do not suspect contact.
Have A Bat Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control
If you think you have a bat problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.
Call us at 443-854-8072, visit our website or fill out our contact form for more information.