Pest control inspectors work with ETX school to relocate bats

Published: Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM CST|Updated: Apr. 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Pest control experts are working with the Kilgore College of Cosmetology Tuesday in Longview to help push out bats that are calling parts of the schools attic as their 'home'.

School resumed at the Kilgore College Cosmetology in Longview as normal, just a day after two bats were found flying around the building.

Julie Fowler, the dean of Kilgore College in Longview says the school is working with a pest control service to eliminate all the bats that remain near the attic of the building.

"One of the things that he suggested that we're going to do, in fact, we're going to do it today, is put bright lights in the attic so that will make the bats say 'this is not where we want to be', and they'll go somewhere else," says Fowler.

The inspectors found little holes and crevices on the building that they need to fill and close.

"We were thinking three-quarters of an inch and he said, no three-eighths of an inch this type of bat can get in; so they're tiny little creatures," says Fowler.

For now, Fowler says educating the students about bats is important, and not all of the information is negative.

"The bats just gobble up those mosquitoes and flies, and what great little animals to have around," says Fowler.

Fowler says keeping the bats around by providing bat shelters is a natural way to help fight off the West Nile Virus.

"He examined what we had been doing to control the bats and he said we were doing everything just right," says Fowler.

Now it's time to just fill in all the holes in between.

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