Bats, mice and bugs may be trying to enter your home, now that the weather has turned colder.
Ann Garvey of the Iowa Department of Public Health, says six bats have tested positive for rabies this year in the state.
There have been no human rabies cases, but bat bites can be visibly undetectable, so Garvey says any potential exposure or contact with a bat means the bat should be captured and tested for rabies.
If a bat is found in your home and you know you were NOT "exposed" to it, Garvey says you can simply open a door or windows and the bat should eventually find its way out.
Anyone who may have been bitten by a bat is advised to wash the exposed area with soap and water, and seek medical attention.
Garvey says treatment of rabies is safer and less painful today than it was years ago:
Last year 17 rabid bats were reported to Iowa health officials.