Dance Postponed Due to Bats in the Gym

Halloween is just around the corner but that doesn’t mean bats need to start making their presence known right away. A California high school had its homecoming dance rescheduled after bats were found living in the gymnasium.

According to the Davis Joint Unified School District, the homecoming dance at Davis Senior High School had been scheduled for September 24, 2022, but will now be held at a later date due to the presence of bats in the gym.

The district wrote in a Facebook post: “After immediate consultation with Yolo County Animal Control and professionals who specialize in bat abatement, we learned we could not remove the bats from the gym in time for the dance.”

They added: “Unfortunately, we were unable to identify another option that maintains the safety of our students and staff. We will reschedule the dance as soon as possible.”

Corky Quirk, a researcher and educator with the rescue group Northern California Bats, said the school’s pest problem are most likely Mexican free-tailed bats. “These guys tend to be the culprits in the buildings,” Quirk said.