SPD air quality OK; bats to be safely removed

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 9:51am

The results of air quality tests taken last week at the Shreveport Police Complex in the wake of a reported bat infestation in the building have come back negative for any health risks.

An independent environmental contractor took the samples last Friday at the behest of Chief Willie Shaw after a pest control service reported signs of bats living in the walls in an area on the second floor of the Police Complex. Several employees were temporarily relocated to other offices in the building away from that area as a precaution until the air quality tests were completed.

Based on air samples taken on all floors of the building by the environmental contractor, there is absolutely nothing to indicate that Histoplasma capsulatum or Cryptococcus neoformans, the health issues often associated with the fecal matter from bats, birds and other animals, are present in any way, shape or form in any area of the building tested. The police administration is currently working with SPAR officials as well as other private contractors to clean up any residue associated with the bats and ultimately safely remove them from the building.   


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