bats in schools - dealing with a potential disaster

Well, it’s that time of year again… Back-to-school season is in full swing. Many businesses are trying to get the parents of students to take advantage of their back-to-school specials, whether the product in question is a notebook or a new tablet computer.

But for us, we’re focusing on a different audience. Inevitably around this time of year, many schools call us up to get help with a bat problem.

Bats in school - rabies preventionBats in Schools

It’s not as uncommon as you think. Take this example from earlier in the year, when a teacher and 23 students noticed a foul smell and learned that there were bats in the ceiling of their classroom – or this story of a girl whose asthma was exacerbated by the bats living in her middle school.

These are just a few examples, but it’s a fairly typical occurrence, and school officials are forced to face the reality of bats in their schools once the new school year arrives.

Because of the prevalence of bats in schools, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind students and parents about how to stay safe and what to do.

How to Handle Bats

As a parent, you’d probably be just as horrified as the parents in these news stories if your child came home and told you there were bats in their school. The reality is, most bats are harmless, but some can have rabies, and it’s generally a bad idea to come in contact with bats unless you’re trained and wearing the proper gear.

To make sure they stay safe, remind your kids that they should never touch a bat they encounter. It’s a good idea to tell the school administrators and let them take it from there.

As frivolous as it might seem, many schools have one maintenance or facilities person removing the bats, but this doesn’t really solve the issue in the first place. We’ll talk about that next week, but for now, pass along the importance of acting quickly when there’s a bat problem.

Like a small hole in the roof during a sunny day, the occasional bat might not seem like a concern – but as the sun turns to rain and the hole in the roof grows, it’s clear just how much bigger the problem can get. The same applies to a bat infestation. The problem doesn’t go away on its own.

If you know of a bat problem in a school, we’re here to help! Give us a call today!

~Michael Koski

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