Two people are receiving treatment to ward off rabies after bats were discovered inside a Cranberry Township home.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture issued a rabies alert after bats were found inside the home Saturday.
The bats got in through a fireplace, and two people were exposed, the alert said. The bats later tested positive for rabies.
In May, a Richland Township family also found a bat in their home that tested positive for rabies, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.
As a precaution, the family, which included one child, were treated with anti-rabies vaccines.
Anyone in Allegheny County finding a bat in his or her home is encouraged to report it immediately to the Allegheny County Health Department at 412-687-2243.
If you live in Cranberry, Cranberry Police provided a list of animal wildlife removal services you may call, or check with your preferred local service.
- A to Z Wildlife, 724-407-3670
- Animal Services, 412-795-9333, 412-366-4225
- Critter Control, 724-775-5444
- TA Giger Pest Control, 724-898-2244
If you see a bat in your home and you’re sure that no human or pet exposure has occurred, shoo it outside or confine it to a room, keep your family and pets away from it, and call an animal control company to capture it and have it lab-tested for rabies, a statment from the Cranberry Township said.
If you have come into contact with the animal, seek medical attention right away.
If you do kill or catch a bat and the Department of Agriculture is not immediately available to test it, securely double-bag the bat’s remains and keep it cool—not frozen—until it can be delivered to the Department’s office. Live bats are not accepted.
In Butler County, lab testing is done by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at 6 McIntyre Road, Gibsonia, 724-443-1585. Call ahead first.
Local police do not remove bats.