Live humanely with bats
Aug 10, 2011
Bats have developed a poor reputation over the years through the media, which have reinforced major misconceptions. Contrary to popular belief, bats do not suck human blood and will not get tangled in long hair. Rather, their carnivorous ways play an important ecological role by controlling the insect population, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Although they are not necessarily harmful to humans, they can roost in human homes when the weather is too hot or cold. Many people are frightened or annoyed by their presence, but they should not act rashly in removing them. The East Greenwich Patch reports that Rhode Island's department of health has warned about rabies in bats, which has occurred throughout the state. The department says that bats may roost in cooler homes during the hot summer months,
People should never handle bats themselves, as a scratch or bite, which may occur if provoked, can transmit rabies. Instead, homeowners should contact a professional. The HSUS recommends visiting Bat Conservation International's website, where it lists professionals who can humanely evict bats if they become a problem.