Thousands of bats call Kyle Field home, company hired to relocate them

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 3:20pm

On any given Saturday during football season, more than 90,000 Aggie fans fill Kyle Field but recently fans of a different species have made their home in the Zone, the Mexican free-tailed bat.

"It migrates to Mexico but when it comes back here, there are certain places it loves to habitat in," said Randy Lee, owner of RP Lee Termite and Pest Control. "Unfortunately it's taken the football stadium as their home."

Lee says the bats began roosting in the Zone after it was built nine years ago but over time the bat population has grown to more than 750,000 and it's creating some problems.

"When it's a heavy populated area like it is, there are some health issues. People that have asthma or allergies can be affected and the threat of rabies is probably what most people are scared of."

The bat's excrement also causes structural damages because of the acidity. It eats away at the concrete of the stadium.

Every year the university spends an estimated $75,000 cleaning up after the bats so they hired Lee's company to get rid of the protected species for good by hanging nets that will allow the bats to fly out, but not back in.

"It's probably the safest way to eradicate the bats and protect them and keep them out of the stadium," Lee said.

A simple solution completed just in time before the bats migrate back to Aggieland in April.

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