University of Georgia Students Face Disgusting BAT Infestation on Campus

University of Georgia students returning to their dormitories at Ogelthorpe House were met with a disturbing surprise as their living quarters had become a haven for bats. 

The residence hall, accommodating approximately 500 students and with boarding costs ranging between $3,300 and $3,800, has been grappling with an influx of these winged creatures.

Reports from residents over the past two weeks indicate the presence of numerous sizable bats within the dormitory, with some taking to social media to share photos and videos of the unsettling situation.

University authorities assert that they have been actively addressing the issue for the past fortnight, enlisting pest control services in an attempt to eradicate the bat infestation. 

However, as of last Thursday, an additional 30 bats, classified as a protected species in the state of Georgia, were discovered within the premises.

Linda Kasper, the university’s executive director of housing, explained, “We expected it would take about three days to remove all the bats because the bats are so small, and they’re very good at hiding.” 

Kasper believes the bats gained access through a penthouse on the building’s roof, a mechanical space housing boilers. “We believe they were entering through that space and then getting in the stairwells through that opening,” she stated.

Efforts to curtail the infestation are ongoing, with Kasper confirming that all openings allowing bats to access the building have been sealed as of Sunday. Despite these measures, students returning to their dorms have found the situation unnerving.

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Students Demand Action Amid Dorm Bat Infestation

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University of Georgia students returning to their dormitories at Ogelthorpe House were met with a disturbing surprise as their living quarters had become a haven for bats.

Eva Sardon, a resident, described a disconcerting encounter, saying, “It’s very alarming. There was one in the lobby, and it was like on the floor, and then all of a sudden it just got up and started flying at me, so I ran back to my room.”

Freshman Ella Jones expressed her concerns about the school’s response, stating, “I don’t know how exterminating works, but I feel like there could be more done.” 

Jones acknowledged the challenges posed by the protected status of the bats but questioned, “But they have certain qualifications they can’t do because they’re a protected species. But I go to school here, am I not a protected species? I sure hope I am.”

While the likelihood of encountering a rabid bat is statistically low, the Georgia Division of Natural Resources emphasized the non-zero risk. 

The Northeast Health District stated that they are actively gathering information and conducting interviews with individuals at a potentially higher risk of exposure to formulate appropriate care recommendations.

The school is collaborating with local health authorities, urging students to provide information regarding potential exposures. Linda Kasper emphasized, “We’ve been working with the department of public health since last week, encouraging anyone who has had any contact with the bats, so everyone who lives in this building, everyone who has worked in this building, to take a survey.” 

Kasper added that health authorities are connecting with individuals to recommend any necessary health precautions.

The university is urging students to promptly report any additional bat reports in the dormitory to ensure a quick and thorough resolution to the problem.

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