Bats invade Sevier County home

Bats invade Sevier County home

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Paul Antczak installed an excluder tube which allows bats to exit, but not enter the home. Paul Antczak installed an excluder tube which allows bats to exit, but not enter the home.
"They scratch and squeak," said Carma Odle. "It's awful." "They scratch and squeak," said Carma Odle. "It's awful."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - Some very unwelcome guests may be looking to make your home their home.

This time of the year, when bats are finding places to nest, ceilings, attics, and basements can be quite attractive.

Most of the time bats live in caves, but many find homes a perfect spot to settle in.

Carma Odle just purchased a log home in Sevier County and was surprised to find bats living inside.

"We walked in one evening and there were little droppings on the floor," said Odle.

Odle says along with droppings there are other signs you might have bats.

"They scratch and squeak," said Odle. "It's awful."

To get the bats out they called Paul Antczak who owns Predators and Prey Wildlife Control.

"A bat can get into an opening as big as my thumb," said Antczak, "So any crack, crevice that isn't sealed up is a great place for a bat to live."

Antczak says bats can be bad for your health.

"They are constantly using the bathroom, even when they are sleeping," he said. "If that guano, is what's it is called, if it gets airborne, dried out, and airborne and you breath it in your lungs."

He says bats also carry bat bugs, similar to bed bugs, that can get in your house. There is also the concern of rabies.

Once you know you have bats in your home, the next step to get rid of them is to make sure your home is sealed.

Antczak uses caulk to seal the homes and then places a special tube in the area where they are coming in.

"I put an excluder tube up," said Antczak. "They will fly out the tube. They can't fly back in and they go live somewhere else."

There are an estimated 30 to 40 bats in the Odle's home and it will take three to four days for all of them to leave.

Odle says she is excited to know they all will be gone soon, "I'm the happiest old lady in Sevier County."

It is important to remember that it is illegal to kill bats.

The most common bat in Tennessee is the brown bat. They are found throughout the state.

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