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Chillicothe battling bat infestation in city building

Hundreds of bats are taking up residence inside the Chillicothe safety services building and the health department has told workers to work elsewhere until the bats are gone.

Hundreds of bats are taking up residence inside the Chillicothe safety services building and the health department has told workers to work elsewhere until the bats are gone.

“We estimate about 250 to 300 bats are up in the rafters,” Chillicothe Safety Director Jeff Carman Safety said.

The tiny brown bats and their droppings are creating a health hazard.

The city says it discovered their new tenants Monday.

“They can slide in like a hole the size of a pencil and get into the rafters,” Carman said.

Since the discovery, the city boarded up holes they think the bats squeezed through or plugged them with insulation.

The city estimates it will take six to eight weeks to rid this building of bats that are living up there above the insulation in the rafters.

Experts say there is no immediate danger to the public.

Contrary to popular belief, most bats are not carriers of rabies, according to the Ohio Department of Wildlife.

The city said it put out bids to determine the cost of removing the bats. At this point, it has no idea what it will cost.