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Published July 23, 2012, 10:03 PM

Recent weather helps real Bat Man's business

FARGO, N.D. (WDAY TV) - The bat population in our area could be compared to the baby boomer period in America, because the animal is thriving. The only difference, the baby boomers leveled off.

FARGO, N.D. (WDAY TV) - The bat population in our area could be compared to the baby boomer period in America, because the animal is thriving. The only difference, the baby boomers leveled off.

Experts say bats will just keep multiplying and you'll notice them more and more.

Experts say bats love this hot, humid weather that we've had lately -- you may not see them, but you could hear them more because their home is your home.

Rollie King, Bat Man: "They'll live in there year round, crawl down in insulation and go to sleep. So now after bats have learned to live in the houses, wow they're just thriving."

Rollie King is the "Bat Man." If you have a hole in your house, this guy can find it and seal it. Trouble is if he's here -- likely means the bats already found that gap in your house.

"I get them out of one house, they just head to the neighbors."

Bats live in the vents below a gutter, attics, they'll make a bed in the insulation in your walls and possibly make their way into your home.

Rollie has mechanisms to get them out safely, but sometimes has to remove them by hand.

Todd Kurtz: "Do they bite?"

King: "Yeah they will. They'll bite immediately and that's just self-defense."

Kurtz: "Have you been bitten?"

King: "Many times."

Kurtz: "What's it like?"

King: “Like getting your blood checked little prick on the finger and blood starts just like you would if you were going to check your sugar count."

About 1 in every 200 bats has rabies.

Rollie says a bat will have a pup or two every year.

More bats -- more homes -- more business. If you're around him for 15 minutes he'll have 15 phone calls.

He actually encourages more people to get into the business -- he says there's so much work he can't keep up.

Rollie works out of Frazee, but travels throughout our viewing area.

During the winter he goes into attics and vents and cleans all of the guano (bat feces) that built up over summer.

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