WALSTONBURG, N.C. (WNCT) – Greene County has warned people to stay out of one house in Walstonburg because of a bat infestation.
The house is on West Railroad St., and hasn’t been occupied in months. Neighbors began complaining of a lot of bats in the area, so animal control came in to investigate.
Once they entered the home, they found a handful of bats in the attic, and took one with them to test it for rabies. While those test came back negative, animal control still warns bats can present a health risk for people and other animals.
Joe Smith with Greene County Animal Control, said no one can live in the home until the problems are fixed.
“We want to make sure that they close up the hole where the bats are going in and out of, and also they’re going to have to clean the house up, and once they do all that, that house will be just as safe to live in as the one beside it,” Smith said.
Smith said people should contact them if they believe they, or a pet, has been bitten by a bat.
He said this is the first bat infestation in a house he can remember in the county.