Bat Bites

Diet
Bats are beneficial to humans as their diet consists of common insect pests, such as flies and mosquitoes, and the advantages of their presence tend to outweigh the possible risks.

Still, people should educate themselves on the dangers in order to remain safe. Though bats are shy, nocturnal creatures that prefer to limit human interaction, they will defend themselves with their sharp teeth and claws when they feel threatened.

Reasons Bats Bite
As such, improper handling and attempted capture frequently leads to bites. Additionally, bats accidentally fly through open windows and find themselves trapped.

In their panic, they are likely to bite anyone in close proximity.

Symptoms & Risk of Disease

Since their teeth are small and sharp, bat bites feel like small needle jabs and do minimal damage. In fact, the resulting wounds are typically so shallow that they do not readily appear on the skin.

Health Concerns
Despite the relative innocuous nature of bat bites, individuals who have been bitten should seek immediate medical attention.

Bats can carry the rabies virus and transmit the disease to humans via the exchange of bodily fluids, so it’s important to get the proper tests and vaccinations if a bite occurs.

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