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Bats invade 'Kentuck Art Center' in Northport

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Bats invaded The Gallery at Kentuck in Northport. (abc3340.com) Bats invaded The Gallery at Kentuck in Northport. (abc3340.com)
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    All looks fine outside the main 'Kentuck' gallery in Downtown Northport.  But, exterminators believe an infestation of bats have lodged somewhere in the building. "Saturday, we had a couple of bats fly into the shop before we were about to open," said Shweta Gamble.

   The people with Kentuck believe the bats have moved-in upstairs and say it would be a health hazard to stay in  the building while exterminators try to get rid of them. "Everything right now -- so, we don't disrupt operation as much as possible."

   So, they're packing up he office and the gallery that helps fund art center.

    Bama exterminators advised the temporary move.  One reason is bats carry rabies and their droppings are plentiful.  "Fungal spores come out of the droppings and if you breathe those in it can actually set up in your lungs and cause histoplasmosis, which is a respiratory condition," said Adam Owens.

    "Mating season hasn't started yet -- which is why we're doing this now. I have no idea at all how many," added Gamble

     Bats are federally protected, so exterminators can't kill them...just force them out.  "Exclusion must be done so meticulously because if you exclude them from one area, if that's home -- they're going to try to get back to it -- get back in."

     Kentuck workers will set up at another building down the street.  But, the cost could set the non-profit back financially.  So to raise funds...they put a 'batman-like' symbol on their website -- with the Northport iconic dog on the roof and Kentuck tree in the light. "We want to say, help us raise the roof. Kentuck is a beloved anchor of downtown Northport."

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