Charlotte students relocated after bat discovered in dorm

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by ELISABETH ARRIERO / The Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Johnson C. Smith University students living in a dormitory on campus will be relocated on Monday after a local pest company discovered a bat.

“Over the past two weeks we have worked diligently with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Control and Carolina Pest Control to solve the bat problem in Myers Hall,” Cathy Jones, dean of student success, wrote to the university’s faculty and staff. “Because Carolina Pet Control did find a bat, we are taking the most prudent precautionary measures…”

The 98 students living in the dorm will be relocated to available rooms in residence halls throughout the campus, university spokeswoman Jennifer Gaskins said.

Jones also noted that officials have sprayed a non-toxic bat repellent powder on the ceilings, ordered replacement screens for some windows and secured the roof, ceilings and walls to “prevent future invasions.”

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