Bats are active this time of year, and more likely to get into your home

MASON CITY, Iowa – With the temps starting to get cooler, you may notice some creatures trying to make their way into your home.

Bat activity is very high this time of year, in fact the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health have been receiving several calls about bats getting into homes.

The department says if you or anyone in your home may have come into contact with a bat, it’s important that you catch it, and turn it into public health so it can be tested for rabies.

“If people wake up in the middle of the night and they see a bat flying around the room, then they’ve been exposed, potentially they’ve been exposed. Bats have very small fangs so they can bite without the person knowing that they’ve been bitten,” says Brian Hanft, with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health.

Once the bats are turned into public health, they’re submitted for analysis at no cost to the home owner. Contact your local public health department for more information.

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