Rabies can be extremely scary, and even potentially cause death. This being said, there is a way to avoid this, and facts to know that can help to educate more about bats and rabies. Let’s take a look at some of the facts about bats and rabies.
While there are some bats that carry rabies, it is really only around 6% of bats that carry this disease. Bats are not asymptomatic, so rabies automatically shows up, and does not stay in the body with no symptoms. This disease is spread by biting and can be found in any area, whether it be suburban or an urban area.
You can actually be a bit vulnerable to rabies from bats as well. One of the things that really pull this forward is the fact that many times, people think that baby bats look non-intimidating, and the go-ahead to try to help them. Sadly, this means that they get treated differently and they are handled less carefully. Because of this, we often see the baby bats spreading rabies via a bite. These bites will be felt and hurt a bit.
There are a few things you can do to ensure that you are in control of the situation. Being smart, with common sense and taking precaution can help you to avoid getting rabies. Similarly, vaccinating domestic pets and reporting immediately when bitten can really help to ensure that any disaster is avoided.
Baystate Wildlife has years of experience in removing skunks from homes in Massachusetts. If you see a baby bat that might have been abandoned, give us a call to learn about the steps to take in dealing with these animals and how we can remove bat both safely and humanely. We are proud to serve Westwood, Lexington, Newton, and other areas in Greater Boston.