Bats on the Rise in Bayside?
The North Shore Health Department has received more calls recently regarding bats getting inside homes. Here's a few tips from the Wisconsin Humane Society on dealing with the pesky creatures.
Recently, the North Shore Health Department has noticed an increase in the number of bats getting into homes. As a precaution, be sure to check openings around windows, doors, and attics to ensure your home does not have any entryways for these creatures.
Tips from the Humane Society for Safe Bat Handling
If a bat has bitten or is suspected of biting a human or animal, it is important to safely contain him and contact your local health department for possible rabies testing. It is vital that you are not bitten by a bat, so use the following precautions.
- Wear leather gloves that can not be penetrated by the bat's teeth.
- Place a coffee can or cardboard box upside-down, over the bat.
- Slide a thick piece of cardboard between the surface and the box.
- Securely tape the cardboard in place.
- Air holes should be added, but be sure they are smaller than a quarter.
- Do not leave any gaps 3/8 of an inch or larger in the container.
- Call your local Health Department.