Yes, it is strongly recommended and encouraged even to get a vaccine after you have been visited by bats. The probability of you being bitten by a bat can be still low, but people can be bitten and not even know it. Bats can easily transfer rabies which can cause severe issues in the brain. Rabies affects the nervous system so heavily that it can be easily fatal despite medical advancements. The rabies shot is not a routine shot people get when they are babies unless you’re an adult who works in a field that is exposed to animals such as veterinarians and some military personal. It is well known that dogs should get vaccinated for rabies just because of how widespread and common animal encounters are with dogs.
Rabies can be treated with a special vaccine and will need to be sought before the symptoms appear. It is very important to pay attention to your surroundings. In Canada, 5 shots will be administered in the course of 14 days.
If you are not sure whether bats are in your house, call the technicians from Bat Control and we can come out and conduct an inspection!
Rabies can travel incredibly fast and doesn’t need much to infect you. Apart from a direct bite, even the saliva can infect you if it travels through an open wound, eyes, mouth, cut, nose, and sore. If you get exposed you will need to get treatment immediately by calling your local medical professional. If you have been exposed to rabies, wash the wound immediately with warm water and go to the nearest hospital.
Signs and symptoms of rabies will appear in about 2 to 8 weeks in adults. In very rare instances it can even take up to a year to show, however always assume that symptoms can show in a very short time. There are a few early symptoms that people need to pay attention to which include :
- Numbness around the area where you got bitten
- Feeling sick.
Later symptoms can include but are not limited to the following:
- Itchiness around the wound even if the wound is completely healed.
- Muscle spasms
- Fear of air gusts (Aerophobia)
- Fear of water (Hydrophobia)
- Difficulty breathing
If you suspect any type of bat presence inside your property, contact the bat removal specialists immediately to have the bats removed through ethical and safe methods. The bat removal specialists at Bat Control have more than a decade of experience in the field and have removed bats from different properties including residential and commercial properties. To hire our technicians, call our customer service specialists and receive a free consultation and book your next appointment!