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Bats eat through sealant at Fountain Inn school

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The American Flag waves in front of Fountain Inn Elementary School. (File/FOX Carolina) The American Flag waves in front of Fountain Inn Elementary School. (File/FOX Carolina)
FOUNTAIN INN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Bats have returned to Fountain Inn Elementary School despite several attempts to oust them.

Oby Lyles, spokesman for Greenville County Schools, said the bats were seen entering and exiting the walls of the school's gymnasium on Thursday. He said no one has seen the bats inside the school.

Lyles said experts determined the bats were able to get inside the walls after chewing through foam sealant between a drain on the roof and the gym's exterior wall.

Pest controllers have installed a trap over the hole that allows the winged mammals to leave, but not re-enter, Lyles said. He said drains and roof flashing are being resealed.

This is the third time in the last two years that bats have been problematic at the school. In January, a bat that entered through a crack in a ventilation system was found in a kindergarten classroom. In February 2012, officials closed the school for a few days earlier this year after bats were found in a classroom, music room and the gymnasium. None of the bats that were tested were rabid.

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