Arlington Heights police responded about 12:35 a.m. Saturday to an animal complaint in the 900 block of North Dunton Avenue. Police received a report that two bats were located in the bedroom of the home. No word on any complications getting the case resolved.
On Tuesday 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.
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.