August 09, 2018 07:18 AM
Many of you have been dealing with bats flying into your homes lately. This typically happens in the late summer months, but this year exterminators are getting more calls than usual.
Phil West at West Wildlife says he gets between 10 and 15 calls about bat captures every single day.
Around this time, young bats are maturing and they are learning how to fly. This is why a lot of them end up where they aren't supposed to be, like your home.
Bats have a good side, as they control the mosquito population. But of course, your home is no place for these creatures.
If you're paid a visit, what should you do? West says a lot of people make the mistake of trapping and releasing the bat.
"The best thing you can do is hire a professional to come in and get the bat," West says. "They're going to know if it's a situation where it needs to be tested or not. Professionals are directed to contact the county health department and required by law to follow their instructions. So if it should be tested, it needs to be tested to rule out the risk of rabies that way you don't have to go through the shots if you don't have to."
According to the latest numbers from the Department of Environmental Conservation, about 6 percent of bats tested turned out to have rabies. Even so, bats still remain the most common way for people in the United States to get rabies.
Updated: August 09, 2018 07:18 AM
Created: August 09, 2018 07:05 AM
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