Bats invade South Florida apartments
TAMPA, Fla. (NBC) -- It's not Halloween, but residents of an apartment complex near the University of South Florida are living a nightmare.
Cinnamon Cove Apartments in Tampa is infested with bats.
Michael Green says he first started noticing the bats this weekend.
"I ran in there and I let him flew out the door, then we went to a party Saturday night and came home late, and then two more bats came in the apartment," Green said.
He would eventually find more.
"And I haven't been able to sleep. I stayed up all night Sunday night and then Sunday night. When I woke up Monday morning, it was two of them of them in the window," he said.
Carrie Covington also has bats in her apartment.
"We got bats, flying all over in here. I don't know where they're coming from...You can hear them, just squeaking, making all kind of noise," Covington said.
The residents say they told apartment managers about the problem, but the managers told them they couldn't do anything.
That quickly changed when news cameras arrived.
The owner called in Kenny Coffey of Wildlife Solutions.
"We have to go in and find out where they're coming in and out of, where the active hole is, find out where that is and then come back and watch them come out at night, trap them and get them off the premises," Coffey said. "Otherwise if we don't get them out, they're just going to come back again."
By Florida law, the bats can't be killed, so Wildlife Solutions will have to seal the bats' entry points and relocate them.