While home invasions by opportunistic bats are pretty common in Louisiana this time of year, an apartment in Metairie became one of the more extreme cases when it was colonized by a massive army of the creatures, numbering in the hundreds.
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WVUE News New Orleans reported on the winged takeover, which completely freaked out the current tenant (who vacated the premises) and the building's owner, Wendy Whitsett, who hired wildlife control expert Charles Parker to evict the winged squatters.
“[T]he type of bats we have in this area are colonistic,” Parker told WVUE News, “so they like to be together, so typically, in one night, 1,000 bats show up.”
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Parker's work is critical, not only due to the risk of rabies from bat bites, but also from the animals' droppings, which can contain dangerous airborne parasites that are harmful if breathed.
Just be glad these invaders weren't related to the “Megabat” of the Philippines... that sucker has a wingspan up to six feet, which would definitely raise the bar for even the most skilled pest control experts!