Bat Bite

What Does a Bat Bite Look Like?

Many people wonder what bat bites look like. For most common bats, bat bites do not have the appearance of Dracula-type fang marks. The most common bats that humans might encounter are the brown bats, and their teeth are extremely sharp. However, because their teeth are so small, most bites do not appear as bites at all.

Bat teeth can scratch exposed skin or they can puncture the skin, but the bite resembles the appearance of a pin prick if it is visible at all. Rarely do the teeth leave the appearance of a full set of teeth biting. Bats bite only if they are sick, threatened or trapped, such as in a shirt. This rare. Physicians cannot look at a bite and diagnose it as a bat bite with complete certainly.

It is important to note, though, that when working with bats or near bats, personal protection equipment should be used  including thick gloves and clothing covering all exposed skin where possible. If anyone touches bats without protection, it should be assumed that a bite may have occurred. Thoroughly examine the skin for any scratches and if possible retain any bat that has been in contact with bare skin.

Larger bats can give a more serious wound. These bats are usually solitary bats that only encounter humans if people go into caves or other areas where these bats are found.

In other parts of the world, vampire bats can attack livestock as this species of bats feed on blood, but these bats are generally not found in the United States. Vampire bats fly low to find a host, land and crawl onto the host to determine where the blood flows closest to the surface. They then make a small incision and lap up the blood from the wound.

While direct contact with bats is rare, it is important to be aware of the dangers of bat bites and take any direct contact very seriously.

Seeking Medical Attention

People are most at risk of a bite from a sick or injured bat. Children are sometimes bitten when they try to pick up bats that they find on the ground.

The Orkin Man™ is trained to manage pests and keep them out of your home, but a doctor is the only one who is qualified to treat wounds. The doctor will also decide if the bite victim needs a vaccination. Experts at the CDC stress that if someone is bitten by a bat, it is urgent that he or she be taken to a doctor. If you suspect that someone may have been bitten by a bat, that person should seek medical attention.