Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The growing number of people finding bats in their homes is a problem we first reported on last week. Since our story aired, we’ve heard from a couple of you who say you’ve spotted bats and want to know what do.
The Health Department wants you to actually capture the bats. That way they can be tested for rabies. If you do not catch the bat, you’ll have to be vaccinated against the disease out of an abundance of caution.
The best way to catch a bat is to close all the windows and doors in your home and turn off all the lights, except for one. The bat will be attracted to that light. When the bat lands, approach it slowly while wearing heavy work gloves and then place a can or a box over the bat and slide a piece of cardboard or plastic over the top.
Keep the container in a cool location and contact your local health department.
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