What do I do if I find a bat in my house?
Bats in the home can be dangerous because a few may carry rabies. It may be necessary for the bat to be tested for rabies if someone in the home was exposed to a bat bite, bat saliva, or bat guano. It is possible to be bitten by a bat in your sleep and not know it, particularly if the potentially exposed person is a child or a heavy sleeper. If the bat is alive, it may need to be captured for rabies testing. Follow these directions to protect yourself. Close the windows, closet doors, and the door to the room where the bat is. Turn on the lights if the room is dark, and wait for the bat to land. Wear thick gloves and cover the bat with a coffee can or other hard container such as a glass jar. Slide a piece of cardboard under the can, trapping the bat. Tape the cardboard tightly to the can. Refrigerate the bat and call the Animal Control at (361) 777-4444. If the bat is dead, use gloves or another barrier to place the bat in a hard container. Do not touch the bat with your bare hands. Refrigerate the bat as soon as possible, and contact Animal Control at (361) 777-4444 to determine if it should be tested for rabies. If testing is necessary, it is provided by the City and there is no cost to you. If the bat is no longer in the home, contact your doctor to determine if it is necessary to begin rabies post-exposure prophylaxis.

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