200 bats removed from Louisiana apartment

Feb. 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM
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METAIRIE, La., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A Louisiana exterminator said he removed more than 200 bats that had taken over an apartment when the resident vacated a few weeks ago.

Kiara Keasley said the bats began congregating outside of her windows a few weeks ago started making their way into the building, so she decided to give up her apartment in Metairie, WVUE-TV, New Orleans, reported Wednesday.

"I decided to move out, pack my stuff and move out because the exterminator wanted to open the vents to free the bats but I didn't want them to be over my furniture so I moved everything out," she said.

Charles Parker, a licensed nuisance wildlife control operator, said he removed 200 bats from the apartment and he plans to release them outside of town.

"What happens is, people find one bat inside their house, but what they don't realize is that the type of bats we have in this area are colonistic, so they like to be together, so typically, in one night, 1,000 bats show up," he said.

Wendy Whitsett, the building's owner, said she is taking steps to make sure the bats don't return.

"We closed the windows, we sealed up the building wherever they had holes so they can't come into the building," Whitsett said. "We caulked the whole building."

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