Bat watch is officially underway. Mark Langan is the Vice President of Field Operations for the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha and says when it gets cooler outside bats are on the move.
Langan says animal control agencies in the state will likely assist in the removal of bats if they get inside a home. He says last week alone the Humane Society in Omaha received more than 100 calls regarding bats.
Officials recommend bat-proofing your home by closing any openings larger than a quarter-inch. They recommend using caulk or plugging the holes with steel wool. They also say window screens and chimney caps are helpful.
If you have to catch a bat by yourself wear gloves and use a piece of cardboard to put the bat into a bag or coffee can. It then can be transported safely to an animal control agency. Every bat captured should not be released but taken in for rabies testing.