Thirteen bat species have been recorded in Indiana, with 10 species maintaining a residence within the state. Three are listed on the Indiana Endangered Species list and two are listed federally according to the Endangered Species Act.

Despite the many myths, no bats in North America feed specifically on blood. Bats seldom bite and tend to shy away from humans. Bats perform an extremely beneficial role for humans, the environment, and agriculture, by eating hundreds of insects, including mosquitos, every hour.

Direct contact with bats must be avoided due to the risk of possible exposure to the rabies viral infection. Rabies infections in humans can be fatal and certain exposures to bats require immediate medical attention.

If you are bitten, scratched, or saliva from a bat gets into your eyes, nose, mouth, or wounds, wash the affected area thoroughly and get medical attention immediately.