You might want to speak to Bob Perry - he is using your avatar.I'm glad you didn't just kill off the bats. As has been pointed out, bats are really good to have around. As MedSailer pointed out bats carry rabies but different species of bats have differing rates of rabies.
I have spent much time around bats and even handling bats. I am a caver and have worked for Bat Conservation International. I am also president of a nonprofit that owns a nice bat cave. In fact, my boat is name Zotz which translate to "bat" in many of the Mayan languages.
Keep up the good work and enjoy your little furry friends. Allan
Two cases of bat induced rabies a year in a population of 300 million?
Lightning kills 50 a year in the same population.
A lottery jackpot hits up to 200 a year, again in the same population.
And that is only for power ball and mega millions.
The CDC's definition of "exposure" IS a bit trigger-happy isn't it? I honestly don't know much about bat behavior, but a friend of mine runs a wild animal park with 150 resident bats. I mentioned to him that statistically at least one has rabies, which he agreed with. They never bother anyone, nor any of the guests and kids a the park. My assumption is that you won't be bitten/exposed unless you're in a confined space with a scared bat, or if you intentionally mess with one.MedSailor, I will direct this to you, No I am not trying to keep the bats as pets. I look at it as the fact that there is to much killing going on and I do not wish to be part of it, even if it is a flying rodent. I went thru the rabies shots when I was young and it is the last thing I would want to try again or have happen. It is a very painful treatment.
As to the bats, this is the fourth time they have taken residence in the sail, why I do not know or really care ... it just seems that they like my sail for some reason so I am makeing a bad situation into a good one, or trying to. nThe bats have a place on this planet so if I have to deal with them in my sail then the bat box seems to be the way to go. I have also noticed that the bug population seems to have gone down quite a bit.
I am cautious when near them and understand they can carry some bad things, rabies being only one of them. I would disagree with you that just being around them you can rabies.
How about telling us about the really strange ones on the OFF TOPIC forum? Always love a really weird story.MedSailor ... totally understand your post and thank you ... they are wonderful little critters to have around ... as to them getting inside I would say that chance is about 1 in a 1000 ...
The reason I had the rabies series was I got bite by a Rabied dog when I was a youngster and I still remember the pain that was entailed in the treatment ...
It is good to be very cautious with any wild animal ... BTW I am a retired doctor, was the med examiner in northern AZ for 18 years .... seen a lot of strange things in that time ...cheers
Great! Is that enough for dinner?Wooooo Hooooooooooo I now have over 100 bats in the bat box