Wake Up Tri-Counties What to Do with a Bat In Your Home According to the Health Department

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What do you do if you find a Bat inside your home? Your instinct might be to catch it and release it or even try to kill it. RaeAnn Tucker from the Henry and Stark County Health Department however advises against each of those options. Instead, you should contact a professional animal control officer to take the bat in case it needs to be tested for rabies. The chance of you getting rabies from a bat is remarkably slim but it can happen. Without the bat that bit you however, determining if you need rabies treatment could be delayed and cost you important time. Contact someone who knows how to take in a bat. Make sure that if the bat did bite you that the living bat is available to be tested immediately. These are important steps in preventing the very unlikely chance that you or someone you care about gets rabies.

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