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How to Find and Remove a Dead Bat

How to find and remove a dead bat

When the bat is found in your New York City home, you have to contact the animal control and the public health agency to be assisted. When it is required, it is important to capture the bat so that it can be tested to see if it does not have the rabies especially when the exposure or a bite has taken place. When the professional help is not available, you have to consider some precautions needed to capture the bat in a safe way. To start, you should get the tape, piece of the cardboard, the coffee can, the small box and the leather work-gloves. When the New York bat lands, you should approach it in a slow manner after putting on your gloves and put it into the coffee can or in a box and ensure that it is covered. Put the cardboard under a container so that you can trap the bat when it is still inside. Tape a cardboard of the container in a secure manner and put some small holes in the cardboard to ensure that the New York bat is able to breathe.

When there is not exposure that has taken place, the bat has to be released to the outside. When the exposure to the saliva or if the bite has taken place, you should take the bat to the New York City animal control authority or to the health department so that the bat can be tested for rabies.

When you find a dead New York bat, you have to call the NYC animal control service and let them remove the bat safely. In some instances, the services may not be available at once. If this is the case, you should take the cardboard or a container. Place the container on it and use the cardboard or the plastic lid under the container to make sure that the bat is kept into the container. You should keep it away so that the animal control service may arrive to dispose the bat in a safe manner. There are many reasons why the New York City bats may die such as pesticide or insecticide treatment, predation, dehydration, weather events and diseases. The immature bats may die when they are separated from their mothers. In some circumstances, dead and sick bats should be collected so that they can be tested. The most common diseases that can be transmitted from the bats to humans are white rose syndrome, histoplasmosis and rabies. You have always to be careful when it comes to handle the bats and you should not touch it using your barehands.

Even if sometime the bats may spread the diseases to the humans, in most circumstances they can co-exist well with the humans and they can offer different benefits. Bats can kill night flying insects, do the pollination and are important to the survival of the rain forest.

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