Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – As winter weather approaches, some animals seek warmer places – and that could be your home.
Among those animals are bats, which can carry and transfer rabies. Friday is actually World Rabies Day.
Staff at Wil-Kil Pest Control in Chippewa Falls said they get calls of bats in homes frequently.
The most common way bats can get in is through cracks and holes behind eaves, soffits and gutters.
Wil-Kil suggests putting a flat piece of rubber on the outside of a hole or crack so the bats stay out.
The nuisance of bats leaving droppings or a mess isn’t Wil-Kil’s only concern.
“Our biggest concern when bats are inside a dwelling is there is a potential that a child was bitten that wouldn’t be able to know or talk about it, maybe a very young child or an older person who might not realize they were bitten,” said Jason Freels with Wil-Kil. “At night when you are sleeping, really important to have that bat captured and probably taken to a medical facility to be tested for rabies.”
The last four cases of human rabies in Wisconsin occurred in 1959, 2000, 2004 and 2010.
All four Wisconsin cases got the disease from infected bats.
If you do see a dead bat around your home, call the DNR
For more information about rabies, click here.