KYLE, Texas -- The City of Kyle is urging residents to be aware of bats.
The city says, while bats are good at controlling the insect population and pollinating plants, they can also pose a health risk to humans and pets.
“This time of year is when the bat populations are at their greatest number as the babies are learning to fly and feed themselves,” said Animal Control Officer Briana Brecher with the City of Kyle.
“We’ve been fortunate to have not had any human exposure to rabid bats,” said Brecher.
Brecher says If you see a bat, alive or dead, stay away from it and don’t touch it. She also reminds pet owners to make sure their animals are 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,” she said.
If the bat is in an enclosed area like your home, you can call Kyle Animal Control at 512-268-3232.
Tips to keep safe:
- 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.