Residents should also attempt to safely capture any bat inside the home. Officials recommend using leather work gloves, a small box or coffee can, a piece of cardboard and tape.
When the bat lands on a flat surface, the resident should approach the animal slowly, place the box over it, slide the cardboard under the container to trap the animal and then seal it shut with the tape.
Small holes punched into the box will allow the bat to breathe until it reaches the laboratory for testing.
Officials also recommend following proper procedures to prevent bats from getting into homes. They do not advise trying to exterminate the animals within the residence.
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RABIES CLINIC \
The Clinton County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Peru Fire Station.
Pets must be at least 3 months old, and owners should bring vaccination records.
All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier to be admitted.
The clinic is free, but donations will be accepted. Essex and Franklin counties have completed their spring vaccination clinics.
All three counties will announce fall clinics once they are scheduled.