Bats can carry rabies. Due to the increase in population of bugs, bats have an “all-you-can-eat-bug-buffet” every day which increases the bat population.
Be aware of bats because they can get in your house and bite you in your sleep. If you are bitten or see a bat in your house, call the local animal control or an animal rescue group to capture the animal unharmed. The Illinois Poison Center is always available (24 hrs a day/7 days a week/365 days a year) to answer any and all questions you have regarding harmful substances – 1-800-222-1222.
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