Some Oglethorpe House, University of Georgia residents have reported seeing bats in their dorms for nearly two weeks. Students claim bats have been making their homes in some of the dorms as the start of the spring semester gets halfway.
The university claims it has been on the case for two weeks, calling pest control to try and get rid of them. Daily Mail reports that another 30 bats were found inside the students’ dorm on Thursday
The University’s Executive Director of Housing, Linda Kasper, believes that the bats got in through a penthouse on the roof of the building, a mechanical space where boilers are located.
“We believe they were entering through that space and then getting in the stairwells through that opening,” she said.
Kasper also noted that pest control was called to remove the bats and stop the infestation. She also claims that they are on standby in case more are discovered.
“We weren’t able to complete that work until the next weekend because we needed to get a lift that could reach the 10th floor of the building, which is the penthouse,” she said. “We completed that work by sealing all of the holes on Sunday. We expected it would take about three days to remove all the bats because the bats are so small, and they’re very good at hiding.”
The school assured students it is working with local health authorities by telling students to give information based on possible exposures.
“We’ve been working with the Department of Public Health since last week encouraging anyone who has had any contact with the bats,” Kasper said.” So everyone who lives in this building, everyone who has worked in this building, to take a survey and from there they’ve been connecting with people to recommend any health precautions that they need to take as a result of that.”
Ella Jones, a freshman, felt the school could’ve done more to protect her and other students.
“I don’t know how exterminating works, but I feel like there could be more done,’ she told the reporters. “But they have certain qualifications they can’t do because they’re a protected species. But I go to school here, am I not a protected species? I sure hope l am.”
Eva Sardon, a student, says she has seen the bats on several occasions.
“It’s very alarming,” she told the reporters. “There was one in the lobby, and it was like on the floor, and then all of a sudden it just got up and started flying at me, so I ran back to my room.”
According to Fox News, The Georgia Division of Natural Resources says some bats do have rabies, but it’s less than one percent.