Crews patch holes used by bats at Saint Benedict


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Saint Benedict School in Evansville reopened Monday after being closed one day due to bats. Now crews are patching holes where those bats got in.

Maintenance workers found a colony of bats living in the attic of one school building last week.

Crews worked on Wednesday to seal most of the holes in the building.

They said they will keep some holes open to allow the bats to make their way out.

Experts say the brick structure of the building is attractive to bats.

“Bats have to hit something and then they sort of shimmy up the sides. So, what they’re doing is they’re hitting this brick work and then they’re shimming up the sides until they get to the opening. So by virtue of this being brick it makes it more condusive the bats to use,” said Mike Wathen, a wildlife removal expert.

Students and teachers are being kept away from the bats.

School officials said there’s no risk in the school’s two other buildings.

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(This story was originally published on September 25, 2019)

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