Bats are on the move and appear to be plentiful. That can be a serious problem to humans because they carry rabies. Nebraska Humane Society’s Vice President of Field Operations Mark Langan says they’ve received hundreds of calls in the last few weeks of bats found inside homes.
Langan says it happens every year around mid-August when the weather turns cooler at night. The biggest fear is that a person will be bitten while asleep and not realize they are infected because bites may not leave an obvious mark. A possible exposure includes if a person has been bitten, had contact with a bat’s saliva or if you wake up and there is a bat in the bedroom. This is especially important if is in the room of a child, a mentally challenged or intoxicated person. That is when to call an animal control officer to have the bat removed from the home and it will be tested for rabies.
Langan says one of the best ways to keep bats out of your home is to do do a little maintenance. Examine your home for holes. A bat can get through an opening the size of a dime. Close those openings and cracks with caulk, screens or stainless steel wool. It is also a good idea to install a chimney cap. Make sure all entry points are covered and that doors and windows close tightly.