Info About Bats

If someone encounters a bat or other wild animal, please contact Animal Control at 903­-237-­1290. If the event occurs at night or during a weekend, please contact the Longview Police Department non-emergency number at 903-­237-­1199.

Helpful Information about Bats:

  • Bats flying overhead do not pose a risk for transmitting rabies. Rabies is transmitted when an infected bat bites or scratches a person’s skin.
  • Never handle a bat.
  • If a person is scratched or bitten by a bat, the Environmental Health Department advises that the exposed person begin treatment to prevent rabies as soon as possible.
  • Residents are encouraged to periodically check attics and other quiet structures around the home. If bat roosts are discovered, pest control companies may assist with removal.
  • Vaccinate your pets to protect them against rabies.
  • Call the the Animal Control Division at 903-237-1290 if you encounter a bat or other wild animal around your home or place of business.