Ragland High School facing bat infestation issue

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RAGLAND, Ala. (WIAT) – Class is back in session at Ragland High School, and students were greeted with some unwanted schoolmates upon their return: bats.

“Our students’ safety is first, so we’re doing everything we can to eradicate the problem,” Laura Nance said.

The bats have been spotted hanging around the gymnasium, the weight room and the band room.

Those areas are now closed off to faculty and staff, and school officials say they didn’t have to think twice about what had to be done.

However, it will take more than a simple cleaning to get the job done. The school will have to ultimately call in critter control.

“How fast do you have to be in a situation like this to get the bats cleared out? You know, it’s something that’s a process,” said Joe Mullins. “It does take time. We have to find all the entry points that they’re using. Bats only need about a quarter of an inch to access a building.”

The school is said to have a history of bat habitation, but Jeremy Mitchell, the maintenance supervisor at the school, says in the ten years he’s worked at Ragland High School, he’s never seen the bats as bad as they are now.

“Once they get the bats out and seal them out so they won’t come back in, then we can start out clean up and everything,” Jeremy Mitchell said.

It could take several days for all of the bats to be cleared out. School officials say the doors of the infested areas will remained locked until that happens.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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