Wichita School District Battles Bat Colony

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The Wichita school district is working to oust a small colony of bats from one of its middle schools.

District crews have removed more than a dozen bats from Curtis Middle School so far. Several teachers have seen them perched in high corners of their classrooms or tucked behind posters tacked to the walls.

The director of environmental services for Wichita schools, Tim Phares, says the bats are a “nuisance” but haven’t caused any major problems.

Although the bats are the size of a human hand, they can compress their bodies to a half-inch thickness and squeeze through tiny openings. Phares says he thinks the main entry point has been sealed but that the district continues plugging other openings.

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