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Bats in the belfry – and many other places in Nebraska

August 19, 2018

LINCOLN - It is the time of year to be on the lookout for bats. The Douglas County Health Department reports that the population is plentiful.

A bat found last week in the midtown area tested positive for rabies. If people find a bat in their home they are asked to call animal control.

Nebraska Humane Society’s Brian Coleman is an animal control officer and says the best way to keep bats out of your home is to bat-proof it. Close any openings with caulk or with screens, chimney caps or stainless steel wool. He says event the smallest holes need to be covered.

Coleman says, “Probably around the size of a quarter. If they can fit their skull through, they can get the rest of their body through. They will flatten down pretty flat and squeeze in through pretty tiny holes.”

Colman says if you find a bat in your house, don’t panic. He says when they are flying, they are unpredictable and you never know what they will do next. That is why you should confine it to a room and call in a professional to remove it.

In the past week the Nebraska Humane Society fielded more than 100 calls about bats. Those found inside homes will be tested for rabies. People bitten or exposed to saliva should see their doctor immediately.

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