It's bat season — and we're not talking about the movie. We are talking about our Kyle residents becoming "bat aware".
Bats do a lot of good in terms of keeping insect populations down and even pollinating plants. Did you know that the colony of Mexican free-tail bats (under the Congress St. Bridge in Austin) eat anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 pounds of insects nightly?
But like other wild animals, bats can pose a health risk to humans and pets.
“Bats can be really cool to watch when they're flying around in large groups, but you should never try to get close to a bat,” said Briana Brecher, City of Kyle Animal Control Officer. “If you see a bat, alive or dead, please stay away from it and don’t touch it. If the bat is in an enclosed area like your home, please call Kyle Animal Control at 512-268-3232”
Avoid contact with a sick or dead bat on the ground. As soon as a grounded bat is found, it should be isolated to prevent further contact with people and animals. If you can isolate the bat, wear leather gloves cover it with a pail, coffee can or similar container and place a heavy object such as a brick or rock on top of the container to secure it. If a human exposure has occurred the bat will need to be tested for rabies.
“We’ve been fortunate to have not had any human exposure to rabid bats,” said Brecher. “It is also important to remember to keep you pets vaccinated against rabies. You may not realize until it is too late that they have been exposed. Prevention is the best strategy to keep your pets safe.”
For more information on Bat Safety and Awareness, please visit the following websites:
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