Maryland is home is numerous species of bats. While the critters are notoriously nocturnal, if is not uncommon to come in contact with one. Should a bat get into your home, there are different ways you can deal with the problem. If a lone bat gets into a home during the winter months in Maryland, it is most likely to be a big brown bat. This is the only bat that can withstand the warmer temperatures inside a home. There are around 10 species of bats that are native to the state.
According to the CDC, bats are still the biggest threat when it comes to carrying (and passing) the rabies virus. Bats are responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths due to rabies in the United States. Staying away from bats and other potentially rabid wildlife is key in preventing the spread of rabies in humans. A scratch or bite from a bat can be very small and hard to find but can be enough to give someone rabies.
Bat encounters in the home usually happen at the most inopportune times. One minute you’re watching the news, and the next minute, without any warning, a bat zooms through the living room. Soon the dog, cat and family are in an uproar either trying to swat or to run away from the intruder.
While this does not happen very often, if it happens to you, you’ll want to keep reading to find out more about what it means and what you should do.