Some families living in a Shelby apartment building said Thursday bats have overrun the building.
One family of five has been forced to get a series of rabies shots, and another woman said she found more than 30 bats in her apartment.
Julia Hopper has a dead bat in the air duct in her bedroom, directly above her sleeping newborn.
“It’s right here. I can’t keep taking my son through this,” she said.
Hopper said 34 bats have been found in her apartment.
“Somebody needs to do something about this,” she said.
Her neighbors at the Mayfield Townhomes have bats, too.
One resident captured cellphone video of a bat at the complex. He used a stick to hold the bat down.
He said the people living in the townhomes are young parents with young children who cannot afford to move, even though they want more than anything to get away from the bats.
“You can hear them in the walls,” Jalisa Harris said. “We just can’t keep living like this.”
No one has been bitten yet, but the health department set up rabies vaccinations for 11 people, including a 3-month-old, because of their exposure to the bats.
“If there is something that can be done, please let it be done,” said Courtney Strong, another resident.
The property owner, Jeremy Champion, was not in his office Thursday, but said in a phone call later in the day that he had followed instructions from the health department and had an exterminator caulk over the holes last week.
He said he did not know that residents are still having problems with bats.
“It’s new to me, but you know, everything they have told me to do, I’ve done,” Champion said.
He said he will have the exterminators return in light of the number of children that live on the property.
“Those kids are a priority to me. I have two myself,” he said.
The families that had to be vaccinated said they have four more weeks of shots to go through.