Our house that you inspected in March at (home location) had bats living in it. We have had 2 bats inside our house already. Animal control removed one bat on 6/20/08 and United Bat Control has had to seal up a hole on the outside and inside the house and are coming back today for another inspection. This has been a nightmare for us as we all have to get rabies shots. Please advise."
[FONT=Verdana]I didn’t really know what to say, I hadn’t spoken with him yet, but I called the county health department.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]It’s no laughing matter. The Boulder County Health Dept. recommends that anyone waking up in a room with a bat get rabies shots unless they can catch the bat and bring it in for testing. [/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]They have such sharp teeth that some people don’t realize that they’re been bitten. If you wait until you develop symptoms, it’s too late. You’re going to die.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]Rabies shots can run into the thousands of dollars for some people. Expense & pain. Bad combination.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]I just got off the phone with the buyer. He wanted to know why I hadn’t found the bats during the inspection. Turns out it was a mouse-sized hole under the eve of the downhill side of a three story hillide home. United Bat Control found 5 bat guano pellets on the ground. Bat guano pellets are dark and about the size of a regular pencil-head eraser.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]I researched bats a couple of years ago so I was able to come across well enough on the phone that the buyer was reasonable. But he and his wife both have to get shots. I don’t feel responsible but I feel bad for my clients.[/FONT]
One more risk for inspectors to be aware of, especially in attics and crawlspaces. Don’t touch them. Get out.
The person I spoke with from the county said that 10% - 11% of the bats brought in for testing test positive for rabies.