Bats invade Orange County elementary school

By Mike Holfeld, Problem Solver, mholfeld@clickorlando.com
Published On: Jan 15 2014 05:32:54 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 15 2014 06:07:39 PM EST

ORLANDO,Fla. -

Orange County Public Schools has a $6,800 bat problem.

OCPS spokesperson Kathy Marsh tells Local 6 that Vista Elementary school on Lake Champlain Avenue has winged squatters “lodged between metal flashing and concrete on the exterior of the second floor of the building.”

Health Department inspectors were on campus Tuesday and found “no evidence of bat droppings or bats inside of the building.”

Advanced Wildlife Trappers of Orlando will be handling the removal of bats.

Marsh says the bats will be relocated next week at a cost of $6,800.

The Health Department was responding to an anonymous tip of bats and a leak in the roof.

Documents show a leak in the lobby had been located and will be repaired.

Health Department records confirm there was no evidence that the bats had slipped into the interior of the school.

“Should a human be exposed to the bat droppings, said Marsh, "it would be because she or he climbed on a roof to be exposed."

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