Florida Fire Station Shutdown by Hundreds of Bats

June 14, 2017

A Florida fire-rescue crew has been evicted from its station by an invasion of bats.

The Tampa Bay Times reports anywhere from 500 to 1,000 bats found their way into the station in Pasco County, north of Tampa. The nocturnal winged critters have been found in several parts of the building and created an unsanitary and unsafe working environment. Officials are working with a trapper to remove them.

The newspaper reports emergency workers first spotted them at dusk five years ago. Then the officials tried offering them bat boxes, which have holes in the bottom and rods that run horizontally inside for hanging. But the colony moved into the station anyway.

It’s illegal to completely remove them until after August when the baby bats mature. Until then, officials will seal off entrances to the living quarters.

“They’ve found them in the sleeping quarters, they found them in the weight room, they found them in the bathrooms and it’s gotten to the point that it’s become a risk,” said Pasco Fire Rescue Deputy Chief of Administration Andrew Fossa.

Wildlife officials will then continue to monitor the situation and determine the best way to remove the colony.

Fossa said there will be no lapse in coverage while the station is closed.

Latest Comments

  • June 14, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    ExciteBiker says:
    Sounds like the fire station is really winging it. I bat they have no idea what to do. What are they guano do?
  • June 14, 2017 at 2:01 pm
    LisaL says:
    I agree. It is good know that some colonies are thriving.
  • June 14, 2017 at 8:55 am
    BatFan says:
    Glad to hear the bats are thriving. We used to see a few from time to time and have not seen any in the past couple of years. That awful "white nose" bug hit the bat populatio... read more
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