Bats Invade Apartment Complex
SHELBY, N.C.--Courtney Strong captured video of a bat in broad daylight. "I thought once a bat hit sunlight they would deteriorate or die off," he said.
Courtney showed us where dozens of the furry creatures spend the day before emerging at night. "nine thirty, ten o'clock, you hear the tweet tweets, treat treats, you see stuff starting to swoop up at you and fly, get back in the air. Bats," he said.
The laundry room area of the apartment complex and the smell of bat droppings is so strong because residents say it's where all of those bats are congregating. Since the bats are a public health risk, Cleveland County Health Department officials have released this fliers to help all the residents deal with the problem.
"I thought it was a rabbit or something at first, but it wasn't, it was a bat," said Elisha Ratchford. Rachford said one of the flying mammals fell out of a vent in her kitchen.
"It felt like a horror movie. I ain't seen stuff like that," said Ratchford. She seals her windows, closes her doors and crams her entire family into one room every night as she and others hope the bats move out. "Put them out of their misery so we can live and sleep in peace. That's all we ask for is justice," said Strong.
The owner of the property didn't return our calls for comment.