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Bat eviction to start Jan. 6 at county health department

December 26, 2019 GMT

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — Bat eviction will begin next month from the third floor of a county health department, a state health spokeswoman says.

It’s not clear how many bats live in and around the Anderson County Health Department, The Independent Mail reported.

They were first noticed in early December in a third-floor area off-limits to the public, Laura Renwick, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, has said.

A contractor plans to begin relocating the flying mammals on Jan. 6, told the newspaper recently.

“The bats are normally found when the building is closed to the public, in the early mornings and evenings,” Renwick told the newspaper in an earlier email. “Our staff are aware of the bats and report any sightings of them to the management as the department works to have them removed.”

Although the county owns the building, the state agency oversees the Anderson health department.