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Bats, Rabies, and Pets

If you think your pet or domestic animal has been bitten by a bat, contact a veterinarian or your health department for assistance immediately and have the bat tested for rabies. Remember to keep vaccinations current for cats, dogs, and other animals.
 

Bat-Proofing Your Home

Some bats live in buildings, and there may be no reason to evict them if there is little chance for contact with people. However, bats should always be prevented from entering rooms of your home.
 
For assistance with "bat-proofing" your home, contact an animal control or wildlife conservation agency. If you choose to do the "bat-proofing" yourself, here are some suggestions:
 
  • Carefully examine your home for holes that might allow bats to enter your living quarters. Any openings larger than a quarter-inch by a half-inch should be caulked.
     
  • Use window screens, chimney caps, and draft-guards beneath doors to attics, fill electrical and plumbing holes with stainless steel wool or caulking, and ensure that all doors to the outside close tightly.
     
  • Observe where the bats exit at dusk and eliminate them by loosely hanging clear plastic sheeting or bird netting over these areas. Bats can crawl out and leave, but cannot re-enter. After the bats have left, the openings can be permanently sealed.
     
  • During summer, many young bats are unable to fly. If you eliminate adult bats during this time, the young may be trapped inside and die, or make their way into living quarters. Thus, if possible, avoid elimination from May through August.
     
  • Most bats leave in the fall or winter to hibernate, so these are the best times to "bat-proof" your home.
     

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