Bats are a very important part of our ecosystem. They are good for removing insects from our environment, and they often help keep other pests away from crops. But, like all wildlife, they are shy and should be left alone. This helps prevent bat bites, scratches, and even diseases such as histoplasmosis.
If you see a bat in your living space, it is best to contact the proper authorities for safe capture and testing. This will also help to ensure that your living space is bat-proofed. Bats usually get into homes accidentally when windows and doors are open or when dogs and cats bring them in.
When a bat does bite, it will likely only leave a very small puncture mark that resembles a pin prick. This is because bat teeth are very fine and sharp. The only exception to this is if the bat has rabies, and in those cases, the bite marks will look more like fang marks.
Bats are likely to only bite in self-defense if they feel that their territory or roosting site is being invaded. They will also bite if they feel that someone is harassing them or their young. Almost all cases of rabies in people are contracted by being bitten by an infected animal. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention if you think that you may have been exposed to a rabid bat. This will help determine if preventive treatment, such as rabies vaccine, is necessary.