TYLER - A Tyler man said his home is infested with bats. Neighbors near South Kennedy Avenue said bats fly in their homes often, but officials from Tyler Animal services said it's nothing new.
"I'm thinking this is a baby bat," said Kevin Hill, as he showed CBS19 the bat he captured.
About an hour later, more than half a dozen bats started circling his living room.
"I guess he threw out a signal that calls all the other bats in," he said. "They just took over the house now."
Hill and his family have struggled with the bat dilemma for several years, despite help from his landlord. He said the bats still come back every year.
"This is probably the third or fourth bat I've had to get out of the house," he said.
Shawn Markmann with the Tyler's Animal Services said it's bat season. He said the migration pattern of bats leads them to East Texas between April and August -- the hot and humid months.
In older neighborhoods, Markmann said bats in the home are extremely common.
"It's summertime. They want to be in eves and attics," he said. "Make sure there's screening up on exterior entrances to attics."
If you're bitten by a bat, Markmann said it's a challenge to decipher -- unless you see it happening.
"Unfortunately, you don't know if you've ever been bitten by a bat. That's why when we catch one inside a home, we test it [for rabies]," he said.
Hill said he's made sure his children stay away from the bats, but still, he's tired of the unwanted critters flying around.
"Once there's one that's in your house, that's a sanctuary of some more," he said.
Markmann said 11 bats have been tested for rabies this year, and none have tested positive for rabies.
If you have bats in your home, contact your local animal control service immediately.
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