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If you think your pet or other domestic animal has been exposed to a bat, contact a veterinarian or the Health Department and have the bat tested for rabies. Remember to keep vaccinations current for cats, dogs, and other pets. Pets can be exposed to bats when you aren’t home or can even catch and eat bats without your knowledge.
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If a bat is in the living space of your home such as a bedroom or living room and you cannot rule out the possibility of exposure, leave the bat alone and contact the Animal Control Officer by calling the Police Dispatch center for assistance 609-921-2100.
If the bats are living in your attic, chimney, unfinished basement, or outbuildings you should try to bat-proof the living space of your home or consult with a private pest control company that can help you prevent the bats from entering living spaces. It is illegal to kill or hire anyone to kill bats. Thoroughly examine your home for holes that may allow bats entry and caulk any openings larger than 1/4 inch by 1/2 inch. Use windows screen, chimney caps, and draft guards beneath doors to basements and attics, fill electrical and plumbing holes, and check for holes or tears in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) ducts.
Bats have small teeth and bites may not be easily seen, therefore individuals do not always know if they have been bitten by a bat. Any contact is considered an exposure. Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and get medical advice from your doctor.
Notify the Animal Control Officer immediately by calling the 24-hour dispatch center at 609-921-2100. Whenever possible, the bat should be captured and sent to a lab for rabies testing.
Notify the Animal Control Officer immediately by calling the 24-hour dispatch center at 609-921-2100. Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and get medical advice immediately from your doctor or the emergency room. Whenever possible, the bat should be captured and sent to a lab for rabies testing.