PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Neighbors want answers after they say a vacant home on Easy Street in Port Charlotte is infested with bats.
Nina Evangelista lives next door to the abandoned home. She says, "at night, there are hundreds of bats that fly past my head. On hot days, all you can smell is ammonia and bat guano. I can't open my windows because it makes me sick, my whole house smells like a cat box." She adds, "it's awful when you can't step outside of your own house. Or you're laying down at night and you can't sleep because your house smells like you can't even describe it. It seems like nothing I do is going to resolve the issue."
Neighbors down the street say when there's a breeze, you can smell the bats several houses down.
WINK News did some digging and found out the listed property owners for the home are deceased. We caught up with their daugther, Hazel Remich. She says she wishes there is something she could do about the property, but she doesn't have the rights to it. "I feel like I let my parents down because I can't do anything with the home, I don't have the rights to it," she says. "Because nothing was ever put on paper, there's nothing I can do. But I've got these people coming after me wanting me to do something-legally I can't do anything to that home or do anything about it."
The county says the property will go up for auction in December. We've also learned there have been three liens on the property for overgrown grass.
The Florida Bat Conservancy says the presence of the bats is not harmful to the neighbors, unless one with rabies were to bite someone, which is unlikely.