Bats

BAT FACT 1: Bats will not fly into our hair.
BAT FACT 2: Bats are of benefit to humans.
BAT FACT 3: There are ways to get rid of bats without killing them.

How can you control unwanted bats and prevent them from occupying houses or other buildings? These pages discusses how to deal with such situations using non-lethal, non-chemical methods. It also addresses the fears many people have about bats and what to consider if hiring a pest control company. You may decide after reading this brochure that what you really need is the services of a good carpenter.

Bats are beneficial and gentle creatures but occasionally they become a nuisance and get "too close for comfort". If this occurs, DON'T PANIC! All the negative stories and tales you've heard about bats are greatly exaggerated.

Over the years bats have been needlessly persecuted by humans. The enormous quantities of mosquitos and other insects that bats consume each year make summers in Minnesota more livable.

While chasing insects, bats often fly erratically. This has led some people to mistakenly believe they are being "attacked" by the bat. Actually, bats are proficient flyers and can easily catch insects while avoiding people.

Another myth about bats is that they all carry rabies. Actually, the percentage of infected bats is very small, less than one percent. Although incidence of rabies is bats is low, a bat with rabies may show no outward sign of infection. Therefore, whenever handling a bat, ALWAYS protect yourself by wearing leather gloves.

Any bat bite or scratch should be considered serious. If someone has been bitten or scratched, attempt to capture the bat without damaging its head, so that it can be analyzed for rabies. Any wound should be thoroughly washed. Then contact county health officials or your doctor immediately to determine how to have the bat tested and what medical treatment might be needed.

The most common bat/human interactions involve a single bat that has found its way into a house or a colony of bats that has taken up residence in an attic, chimney or other structure.

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