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How Do I Find Out If The Bats Living In My Attic Have Rabies?

How do you know if the Bats living in your attic have Rabies? Well the only way to be positive is to have a Bat tested. Alot of times Bats find their way into your living spaces through cold air returns, down the sides of pipes into your basement, and various other ways. I've had people call saying there is a Bat flying around my room, or house, or beleave it or not they've found a Bat in the shower with them. (which is a very common occurrence). If your having a problem with Bats getting into your living space and want to have the Bats tested for rabies well the only way to do that is to catch one of the Bats and take it to the Human Society where they will send the Bat out to be tested. You want to make sure the Bat is still alive or recently dead and try to make sure the Bats head is undamaged because they test the Bats brain and brain stem for rabies. How do you catch a Bat you ask? The first thing you do is get something to put the Bat into like an old Coffee can or anything about the same size that has a top, also you will need something that is flat, very thin and sturdy and fits over the top of the can like a piece of cardboard. You might want some gloves too. Now your ready to catch a Bat. Wait for the Bat to land on something, the flatter the better, then very slowly sneak over to the Bat with your coffee can ready to cover him open end out. (If the Bat fly's away just be patient and wait for the Bat to land again). Once you have the can over the Bat slide the cardboard under slowly trying to make sure the Bat gets traped between the cardboard and the inside of the can. Once you have the Bat inside the can flip it over and try to make sure the Bat is at the bottom of the can so you can replace the cardboard with the top. As long as the Bat is on the bottom of the can its safe to take the cardboard off and put the top on, Bats cannot take off flying straight up they need more like a runway to get off the ground if they are not hanging on something they can drop and glide off of. Once you have the Bat put some holes in the top of the can and bring the Bat to the Human Society to be tested. Always remember you can always call a professional to come out and capture the Bat for you.

If you have contact with a Bat or if unsure contact a physician immediately.

Hope this Helps,



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