I found a dead bat outside my home. Does it need to be tested for rabies?
Generally, if a bat has been found outside a home and has not had any known human or pet
interaction, it is not necessary to test the bat for rabies. It is important to dispose of it properly
by wearing gloves and using a long-handled shovel to place it in a double bag, then place the
bat in an outdoor trash and be sure to wash your hands. If a bat is found inside the home,
however, be sure to contact your local Tri-County Health office for further information.

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1. Why doesn’t Tri-County Health Department spray for mosquitoes?
2. How do I report a problem with mosquitoes?
3. There is standing water on my neighbor’s property and it is breeding mosquitoes. What can be done?
4. Are “mosquito magnets” beneficial?
5. Prairie dogs keep coming into my yard. What do I do?
6. Isn’t it a “health hazard” when prairie dogs, rabbits, or other small mammals come into my yard?
7. I have an old shed on my property that needs to be cleaned out. Since I live in the metro area, do I really need to be concerned about Hantavirus?
8. I have seen several dead birds on my property in the last few days. What do I do?
9. I found a dead bat outside my home. Does it need to be tested for rabies?
10. There have been several dead rabbits near my home lately. Should this be a concern?
11. There is a prairie dog village next to my home, and there haven’t been any prairie dogs lately. Is this a concern?