Bats have been unfairly and incorrectly labelled as evil, creepy and malicious, largely as a result of the way they are depicted in pop culture. But a closer look at these winged mammals will reveal that there is much more to them than meets the eye and that it isn’t all bad. A common misconception among people around the world is that bats have a vampire-like craving for human blood. Professional wildlife control experts in Houston are quick to point out however, that this is not so.
Do Bats Bite People?
While it is true that some people have been bitten by bats, there is really no insatiable craving among the animals for human blood. A human being’s risk of being bitten by a bat is similar to that of being bitten by most other wildlife animals. In fact, bats may bite when they feel threatened, in an effort to defend themselves. This is why most cases in which people are bitten by bats occur when humans try to touch or capture the flying mammals.
When bats do bite, the injury is typically shallow and tiny, another indication that they have been unfairly labelled as viciously aggressive and evil. People who have experienced bat bites describe the experience as being similar to being struck by a needle or pin. In fact, sometimes bat bites are so mild that the victim does not see the puncture marks and the main evidence they have of being bitten is the sensation caused by the bite.
Bats in the Home? How to Avoid Getting Bitten
If you live in Houston you’re likely to encounter bats inside your building at one time or another. Many people panic when a bat is fluttering around inside. This is largely because of the misplaced fear that is associated with bats. The ideal response though is to remain calm as a panicked human can trigger panic in the intruding animal. When a bat feels threatened (as it is likely to feel in the presence of a screaming excited human being) it will bite.
It is important to avoid removing the bat yourself. Many bat bites happen during novice attempts at removal, a job that is best left to the experts. Improper handling often leads to bat bites so never try to handle a bat, even if it appears to be sick or injured. This is a job for experts who have the right training and protective equipment to handle wildlife species. With expert intervention, you benefit from a thorough assessment of the intrusion situation and effective removal services, while avoiding being bitten.
What to Do About Bat Bites
If you have been bitten by a bat you should seek medical care promptly. Like bites from many other wildlife species, bat bites can lead to health problems. Chief among these is the contraction of rabies, which is spread when fluids from infected wildlife animals’ bodies mix with those of the person or animal that is bitten. When seeking medical services for bat bites, you can expect to undergo testing (to determine how the bite has affected your body) and be vaccinated against rabies (which is a good proactive move for those who live in areas occupied by bats)
Expert Bat Control Solutions at Your Fingertips
If you’re living in Houston and have bat issues, there is a team of experts at Skedaddle waiting to ease your fears. Your Skedaddle bat technician will use humane methods such as the installation of one-way doors, to remove bats safely from your property. These methods are designed to ensure the safety of both the intruding bat and the humans who use the space. They are adept at handling bat related debris which is very important as it helps to minimize and eliminate the contraction of histoplasmosis (from a type of fungi that lives in bat feces).
Bat Removal by Skedaddle
Skedaddle’s expert team of wildlife control technicians will remove bats from your Houston property and implement strategies to prevent them from entering. These strategies include one-way doors, which are designed to allow bats to leave a building while making it impossible for them to return.