Bat Bites and Bat Rabies in Ohio

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Bats generally – and unfairly – get a bad rap where the deadly viral disease rabies is concerned. Yes, bats in Ohio can contract and transmit the dreaded disease through a bat bite.  The disease impacts the central nervous system.  Other infected mammals like dogs, skunks, and raccoons are equally capable of transmitting the virus through a bite or scratch.  However, unlike a bat bite, these wounds are visible. Bats can transmit rabies to people – without an obvious bite.  Bat bites can go undetected because their teeth are very small.  This is what makes encounters with bats in a bedroom or home so emotional.  Are you certain you were not bitten? 

If you are not sure, you need to catch that bat!  If you wake up with a bat in your bedroom, seek medical attention. Unless that particular bat is captured and tested, we find that physicians recommend post exposure vaccinations.  How to catch a bat in the house – Video.  

The potentially fatal disease can also be passed to humans if a rabid animal’s saliva enters an open wound or comes in contact with a mucus membrane. The virus then travels through the nerves (as opposed to the bloodstream) and reaches the brain in a period of weeks or months. Surviving the disease depends upon prompt medical attention upon initial contact.

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Contrary to popular rumors, you should know that not all bats are carrying rabies. Actually, only a small number of bats contract the disease, and they are as susceptible as any other mammal. Rabies is as lethal to bats as it is to humans. Fortunately, help is available. Remember that all potential rabies exposures must be taken seriously. Please consult quickly with your physician for medical guidance.

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According to the Ohio Department of Health:

Most of the human rabies cases acquired within the U.S. during the past 20 years were due to bat-strains of rabies. Since a bat bite is very small and may go undetected, the history of any potential bat contact should be carefully evaluated to determine the potential for exposure. If exposure occurred, the bat should be safely captured and submitted for testing.

Should you wake up in your bedroom with a bat nearby, seek medical guidance from a physician. Unless the bat is safely captured and tested, physicians typically opt for the “better safe than sorry” approach and recommend post-exposure vaccinations.  Once symptoms of the disease appear, it is too late.

Bats and Rabies – Scientific Studies

Researchers at Indiana State University conducted one of the longest studies on the incidence of rabies in mid-western bats. The study was concluded in 2003, and covered a span of 38 years. During that time, 5,584 big brown bats were evaluated for rabies with 3.1 percent testing positive. Peak months for rabies in this species was October. It’s important to note that the sampled population was biased in that many of the bats were impaired and easier to locate (sick, dying or found on the ground). In other words, many bats that were suspected to be infected with rabies were not infected. The study acknowledges that a better estimate of the actual incidence of rabies in nature is likely to be less than 1 percent. That said, take all suspected bat bites seriously and contact your physician for medical advice.

Source: Whitaker and Douglas. Bat Rabies in Indiana

Butler County, OH – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Beckett Ridge, Bethany, Blue Ball ,Excello, Fairfield, Four Bridges, Hamilton, Jacksonburg, Lemon Township, Lesourdesville, Liberty Township, Madison Township, Maud, Middletown, Miltonville, Monroe,New MiamiOlde West Chester, Overpeck, Pisgah, Port Union,Princeton, St Clair Township, Sharonville, Trenton, Tylersville, Wayne Township, West Chester Township, West Middletown, Wetherington, Woodsdale

Champaign County – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Christansburg, Goshen Township, Jackson Township, Mechanicsburg, Mutual, Thackery, Union Township, Urbana Township, Urbana

Clark County, OH – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Bethel Township, Catawba, Clifton, Crystal Lakes, Donnelsville,Enon, German Township, Green Meadows, Green Township,Harmony Township, Holiday Valley, Lawrenceville, Madison Township, Medway, Moorefield Township, New Carlisle, North Hampton, Northridge, Plattsburgh, Pleasant Township, South Charleston , South Vienna, Springfield, Tremont City.

Clermont County, OH – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Branch Hill, Edentown, Goshen Township, Jackson, Jackson Township, Lerado, Loveland, Marathon, Miami Township, Miamiville, Milford,
ModestMoores Fork, Mount Carmel, Mount Repose, Mulberry, Newtonsville, Perintown, Stonelick TownshipUnion, Union Township, Wayne Township.

Clinton County, OH – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Adams Township, Blanchester, Chester Township, Clark Township,Clarksville, Green Township, Jefferson Township, Liberty Township,Lynchburg, Marion Township, Martinsville, Midland, New Vienna,Port William, Richland Township, Sabina, Union Township, Vernon Township, Washington Township, Wayne Township, Wilmington,Wilson Township

Delaware County – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Delaware, Dublin, Powell, Ashley, Berkshire, Berlin, Brown, Columbus, Concord, Galena, Genoa, Harlem, Kingston, Liberty, Marlboro, Orange, Ostrander, Oxford, Porter, Radnor, Scioto, Shawnee Hills, Sunbury, Thompson, Trenton, Troy, Westerville

Fairfield County – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, Reynoldsburg, Amanda, Baltimore, Bremen, Buckeye Lake, Canal Winchester, Carroll, Lithopolis, Millersport, Pleasantville, Rushville, Stoutsville, Sugar Grove, Tarlton, Thurston, West Rushville, Amanda, Berne, Bloom, Clearcreek, Greenfield, Hocking, Liberty, Madison, Pleasant, Richland, Rush Creek, Violet, Walnut, Fairfield Beach, Cedar Hill, Clearport, Colfax, Delmont, Drinkle, Dumontsville, Geneva, Greencastle, Hamburg, Havensport, Hooker, Horns Mill, Jefferson, Lockville, Marcy, New Salem, North Berne, Oakland

Fayette County, OH – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Bloomingburg, Concord Township, Green Township, Greenfield,Jasper Township, Jefferson Township, Jeffersonville, Madison Township, Marion Township, Milledgeville, New Holland, Octa, Paint Township, Perry Township, Union Township,Washington Court House

Franklin County, OH – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Amlin, Bexley, Blacklick, Blacklick Estates , Blendon Township,Brice, Brown Township, Canal, Clinton Township, Columbus,Darbydale, Dublin, Flint , Franklin Township, Gahanna,Galloway,Georgesville, Grandview Heights, Grove City, Groveport,Hamilton Township, Harrisburg, Hilliard, Huber Ridge, Jackson Township, Jefferson Township, Lake Darby, Lincoln Village,Lockbourne, Madison Township, Marble Cliff, Mifflin Township,Minerva Park, New Albany, New Rome, Norwich Township, Obetz,Perry Township, Pickerington, Plain Township, Pleasant Township,Prairie Township, Reynoldsburg, Riveriea, Sharon Township, Truro Township, Upper Arlington, Urbancrest, Valleyview, Washington Township, Westerville, Whitehall, Winchester, Worthington

Greene County, OH – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Bath Township, Beavercreek, Beavercreek Township, Bellbrook,Bowersville, Byron, Caesarcreek Township, Cedarville, Cedarville Township, Centerville, Clifton, Fairborn, Huber Heights ,Jamestown, Jefferson Township, Kettering, Miami Township, New Jasper Township, Oldtown, Ross Township, Silvercreek Township, Spring Valley, Spring Valley Township,Sugarcreek Township, Wilberforce, Xenia, Xenia Township, Yellow Springs

Hamilton County, OH – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Addyston, Amberley Village, Anderson Township, Arlington Heights,Blue Ash, Blue Jay, Brecon, Bridgetown, Camp Dennison, Cheviot, Cincinnati, Cleves, Coldstream, Colerain Township,Columbia Township, Concorde Hills, Covedale, Crosby Township,Deer Park, Delhi Hills, Delhi Township, Delshire, Dent, Dillonvale,Dry Ridge, Dry Run, Dunlap, Elizabethown, Elmwood Place,Evendale, Fairfax, Fairfield, Finneytown, Forest Park, Forestville,Fruit Hill, Glendale, Golf Manor, Granview, Green Township,Greenhills, Groesbeck, Harrison, Hooven,Kenwood, Lincoln Heights, Lockland, Loveland, Loveland Park, Mack, Maderia, Mariemont, Miami Heights, Miami Township, Miamitown, Milford, Mill Creek Township, Monfort Heights, Montgomery , Mount Healthy, Mount Healthy Heights, New Baltimore, New Burlington, New Haven, Newtown, North Bend,North College Hill, Northbrook, Northgate, Norwood, Plainville,Pleasant Hills, Pleasant Run, Pleasant Run Farm, Reading,Remington , Rossmoyne, Salem Heights, Sharonville, Shawnee,Sherwood, Silverton, Sixteen Mile Stand, Skyline Acres, Springdale,Springfield Township, St Bernard, Sycamore Township, Symmes Township, Taylor Creek, Terrace Park, Turpin Hills, Village of Indian Hill, White Oak, Whitewater Township, Woodlawn, Wyoming

Knox County (west of 13) – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Centerburg, Clinton Township, Hilliar Township, Homer, Liberty Township, Milford Township, Miller Township, Morgan Township, Mt Liberty, Utica

Licking County (west of 13) – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Alexandria, Beechwood Trails, Bennington Township, Buckeye Lake, Burlington Township, Etna Township, Granville South, Granville Township, Granville, Harbor Hills, Harrison Township, Hartford Township, Hartford, Heath, Hebron, Jacksontown, Jersey Township, Johnstown, Kirkersville, Liberty Township, Mckean Township, Monroe Township, New Albany, Pataskala, Reynoldsburg, St Albans Township, Union Township

Madison County, OH – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Amity, Big Plain, Canaan Township, Chenoweth, Choctaw Lake,Chrisman, Darby Township, Deer Creek Township, Fairfield Township, Florence , Gillivan, Jefferson Township, Kileville,Kiousville, Lafayette, Lilly Chapel, London, McClimanville, Midway,Monroe Township, Mount Sterling, Newport, Oak Run Township,Paint Township, Plain city, Pleasant Township,Plumwood, Range Township, Resaca, Rosedale, Rupert, South Solon, Summerford, Tradersville, Union Township, West Jefferson,Wrightsville

Miami County – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Bethel Township, Casstown, Clayton, Concord Township, Elizabeth Township, Huber Heights, Monroe Township, Staunton Township, Tipp City, Troy, Union

Montgomery County – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Brookville, Butler Township, Carlisle, Centerville, Chautauqua, Clay Township, Clayton, Dayton, Englewood, Farmersville, German Township, Germantown, Harrison Township, Huber Heights, Jackson Township, Jefferson Township, Kettering, Miami Township, Miamisburg, Moraine, New Lebanon, Oakwood, Perry Township, Phillipsburg, Pyrmont, Riverside, Springboro, Trotwood, Union, Vandalia, Verona, Washington Township, West Carrollton

Morrow County (South of 229) – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Bennington Township, Marengo, Peru Township, South Bloomfield Township, Sparta

Pickaway County, OH – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Ashville, Circleville, Circleville Township, Commercial Point, Darby Township, Darbyville, Deer Creek Township, Harrisburg, Jackson Township, Logan Elm Village, Madison Township,Monroe Township, Muhlenberg Township, New Holland, Orient,Perry Township, Pickaway Township, Salt Creek Township, Scioto Township, South Bloomfield, Tarlton, Walnut Township, Washington Township, Wayne Township, Williamsport

Ross (North of 28) – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Adelphi, Andersonville, Austin, Buckskin Township, Clarksburg, Colerain Township, Concord Township, Deerfield Township, Frankfort, Green Township, Greenfield, Greenland, Hallsville, Harrison Township, Hopetown, Kingston, Kinnikinnick, Lattaville, Lyndon, Metzger, Roxabell, Slate Mills, Springfield Township, Union Township, Yellowbud

Union County (south of 347) – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Allen Center, Allen Township, Arnold, Bridgeport, Chuckery, Darby Township, Dipple, Dover Township, Dublin, Irwin, Jerome Township, Leesburg Township, Liberty Township, Lunda, Magnetic Springs, Marysville, Milford Center, Millcreek Township, New California, New Dover, Plain City, Paris Township, Peoria, Pharisburg, Pottersburg, Raymond, Taylor Township, Unionville Center, Washington Township, Watkins

Warren County, OH – Bat Removal and Bat Control

Blanchester, Butlerville, Carlisle, Clearcreek Township, Corwin,Deerfield Township, Franklin, Franklin Township, Hamilton Township, Harlan Township, Harveysburg, Lebanon, Loveland,Maineville, Mason, Massie Township, Middletown, Monroe, Morrow,Pleasant Plain, Salem Township, South Lebanon, Springboro,Turtlecreek Township, Union Township, Washington Township,Wayne Township, Waynesville