MASON CITY, IA – Bat activity is increasing this time of year, and public health officials want to remind folks of how to handle the situation.
It’s a seasonal issue so it makes sense that officials say they’ve seen an increase in the number of calls relating to bat issues.
They say if you discover one in your home, don’t automatically kill it.
“What can happen is the brain that needs to be analyzed by the lab can be damaged so if they can capture it and put it in a bag of some sort, bring it into public health and we will handle it appropriately,” says Brian Hanft with the Cerro Gordo Department of Public Health.
Officials say if you discover a bat in your home to contact public health right away.