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Bats giving Tampa apartment residents nightmares

It's not Halloween, but residents of an apartment complex near the University of South Florida are living a nightmare. Cinnamon Cove Apartments is infested with bats. Michael Green says he first started noticing the bats this weekend when he noticed just one. "I ran in there and I let him flew out the door, then we went to a party Saturday night and came home late, and then two more bats came in the apartment."
Green would eventually find more. "And I haven't been able to sleep. I stayed up all night Sunday night and then Sunday night. When I woke up Monday morning, it was two of them of them in the window." Carrie Covington also has bats in her apartment. "We got bats, flying all over in here. I don't know where they're coming from .... You can hear them, just squeaking, making all kind of noise." The residents say they told apartment managers about the problem, but the managers told them they couldn't do anything. Residents called News Channel 8's Eight on Your Side investigative team, and soon after they arrived, the apartment owner showed up. Off camera, he told reporters he'd just found out about the problem. The owner called in Kenny Coffey of Wildlife Solutions. "We have to go in and find out where they're coming in and out of, where the active hole is, find out where that is and then come back and watch them come out at night, trap them and get them off the premises," Coffey said. "Otherwise if we don't get them out, they're just going to come back again." By Florida law, the bats can't be killed, so Wildlife Solutions will have to seal the bats' entry points and relocate them.

News Channel 8 reporter Jeff Patterson contributed to this report.

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