One potential danger to leaving windows open overnight in offices or attics: Bats!

Article courtesy of USAG Ansbach Directorate of Public Works

ANSBACH, Germany (Sept. 15, 2016) — Recently at Barton Barracks, something very odd happened: Occupants returned to their offices one morning and discovered one room completely full of bats!

The window in this newly remodeled and painted office was left open overnight – not fully open, but open at the top. It is uncertain why the bats chose this open window, this office, and on this occasion to gather. Their behavior can be erratic. If they become spooked or sense bad weather, they will congregate in mass to an area they feel provides them shelter.

Although this happens infrequently, you really don’t want it to be the one time it happens to you.

Employees found the office in a horrible state. They learned the hard way that bats don’t use the latrine, and their urine and excrement sticks to everything – including the walls.

So, if you’re accustomed to leaving your office or unoccupied house or attic windows cracked, you’ve been warned. Ensure you have plenty of trash bags and cleaning supplies if you get unexpected visitors.

Recently at Barton Barracks, something odd happened: Occupants returned to their offices one morning and discovered one room completely full of bats. Although this happens infrequently, you really don’t want it to be the one time it happens to you. (Courtesy photo)

Recently at Barton Barracks, something odd happened: Occupants returned to their offices one morning and discovered one room completely full of bats. Although this happens infrequently, you really don’t want it to be the one time it happens to you. (Courtesy photo)

 

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