BALLINGER - It was bats in the belfry at the Carnegie Library in Ballinger after patrons noticed the little guys hanging around inside the building recently.

BALLINGER - It was bats in the belfry at the Carnegie Library in Ballinger after patrons noticed the little guys hanging around inside the building recently.

Carnegie Library Board President Kay Smith said the bat problem and getting rid of the bats was discussed at the last board meeting and it was agreed that remediation was the only answer.

“We went upstairs to look at some things and we could smell (the guano) and hear the chirping,” Smith explained.

Apparently the bats, had taken up residence in the elevator shaft and the smell of bat guano was becoming more and more noticeable.

Three weeks ago, a wedding was held there and the members of the wedding party, noticed bats in the building.

So the board took action immediately and called in Jack Money, of the Wildlife X Team in Abilene and he got to work.

Money said the bats were of the Mexican variety which is indigenous to this area. He arrived on Friday to start the remediation process, which called for the rental of a lift so he and his crew could get on the roof of the building to see where the bats were entering.

They were entering through a top pillar which was sealed.

“Guano is very toxic and it carries viruses,” Money explained.

So the next step was disinfecting the elevator shaft with a powerful agent that kills the pheromones.

“This will make sure they go somewhere else,” Money said.

The library was closed on Friday while the elevator shafts were being disinfected. Money and his crew worked Friday, Saturday and Sunday to make sure the bats were gone.

“We went around the entire building and sealed any places where the bats may have been getting in,” Money said.

Money said Monday that all of the bats were gone, and will hopefully join another colony that reportedly lives under the old Railroad Bridge.

Smith said the expense for the bat removal was unexpected and costly - about $5,200.

She said that donations will be greatly appreciated to help offset the cost of the bat removal.The donations will go back into the memorial fund, which was used to pay for the bat removal.

She also urged everyone to participate in the upcoming Carnegie Library fundraiswers, such as the golf tournament in June.