Bat-Proofing For Winter

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With a big change in temperatures ahead, that means bats may be trying to get into your warmer home. The Douglas County Health Department says it has been getting several call a week, as has the Humane Society. So how can we "Bat-Proof" our homes.

"These are big brown bats. These are the ones that are found in your homes, barns and garages. They like man-made structures. They are not a tree-dwelling bat," says Travis Caldwell with Heartland Humane Bat Removal.

Because bats can carry rabies, that is a big reason why we don't want them getting in our homes.

" It takes a gap of about a half-inch is all it takes for them to crawl inside," Caldwell says. Caldwell has been in the bat removal business for 10 years. " It's usually in the soffit side. They want higher rather than lower. When they come out, they want to fly. They don't want to take off from the ground and go," Caldwell says.

Even exposure to saliva from a bat needs a call to your doctor. Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour says "Our biggest fear is that you can be bitten while you are sleeping and not realize you have been infected, since bat bites may not leave an obvious mark."

" I would not recommend handling one," Caldwell says.

So as we prepare for winter, don't forget the "Bat-Proofing."

Caldwell''s wife actually rehabs some injured bats. When healthy, those bats are released once a year. For more information go to

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