Animal Complaint: Bat in the House on South Highland Monday Night

Arlington Heights police responded about 10:12 p.m. Monday to an animal complaint in the 100 block of South Highland Avenue. Police received a report that the bat was found in the house. No word on any complications getting the case resolved.

Bats are often discovered more frequently in homes at the end of summer. Following are recent animal complaints for bats in Arlington Heights …

On Sunday, August 21, 2011, a bat was caught inside a house and handed over to an animal welfare officer. The bat was picked up by a Cook County official on Monday August 22, 2011.

On Saturday, August 13, 2011, two bats were reported in a house in the 900 block of North Dunton Avenue.

On Tuesday, August 9, 2011 about 11:10 p.m. police received a report of a bat flying around in the dining room in the 0-99 block of South Prindle Avenue.

Cook County Department of Public Health — Rabies/Animal Bites

Rabies is transmitted through the saliva of an infected mammal, most commonly bats. Animals such as birds and amphibians (turtles, frogs, etc.) do not get or transmit rabies.

If you have a bat in your home or if you see a dead bat, DO NOT TOUCH IT. Call Animal Control in your area so the bat can be tested for rabies.

If you were bitten by a bat, wake up with a bat in your room or house, or if you suspect you or a family member was exposed to rabies, call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.

Rabies is preventable with a series of injections.
For answers to any questions you have about animal bites or rabies, click here or call the Communicable Disease Control Unit at 708-633-8030.

cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases

Most bats are insect eaters. Insects consumed by bats include both aerial insects, and ground-dwelling insects. When bats are seen flying around a street light, they are taking advantage of the insects flying into the light, and eating them while flying. A bat is typically able to consume one third of its body weight in insects each night — several hundred insects in a few hours.