Bats plague Barrington town house complex

Bats plague Barrington town house complex

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Residents of a Barrington town home complex say they're dealing with some unwelcome neighbors - bats.

At least 20 bats have been seen flying in and out of the Pickwick Town Homes on Concord Lane.

The development's owners have been fined, and a pest control company has cleared out some of the buildings.

And as night falls -- the bats are back.

One resident said she had to leave her home with her kids after seeing one too many bats.

"We don't have to decorate for Halloween, it's already done for us," said Diane Lenz, a Barrington resident.

A snapshot from James Gillis showed bat droppings in the attic. Gillis lives at the Pickwick complex in Barrington. Gillis and his neighbor say between these two homes, they've battled at least half a dozen bats.

"I sat up and there was a bat circling my head. I could hear wrestling around in the attic when they were in there, they make kind of a long, it's hard to describe the noise it makes, when we first heard them flying, my daughter thought it was a ceiling fan but then she saw it was a bat, they're disgusting, they look like rats and their wings are huge," said Lenz.

Lenz is a single mother of three school-aged children. She moved into the complex last month and says the family was forced to move into a hotel a month later after a bat landed on her son's back.

"The bat was laying on his back when he was sleeping so the bat flew off, I grabbed my son, ran up to the room and locked the door," said Lenz.

Several calls to Pickwick Town Homes' property manager and owner were not returned.

"I haven't seen a thing…actually we've only lived here about a month and a half," said Dave Walker.

But Lenz believes the bats are coming from bakers lake nature preserve nearby. The large body of water is home to a bird sanctuary and forest and is the perfect habitat for the two-legged flying mammal.

"After the very first time the bat landed on him we all went in for rabies shots, all the different series for them," said Lenz.

Both residents Fox 32 spoke with say the property manager has been responsive. Bat rabies account for about one human death per year in the United States so statistically, pets are more dangerous than bats.

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