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Fungus Killing Bat Population

There's a fungus that is affecting bats that is called White-nose syndrome. This disease is associated with extensive mortality of the eastern North American bats. Bats are found sick and evening dying in large numbers. White-nose syndrome has killed more than 5.7 million bats in which 90-100% of bats have died; however, it does differ by site and species within caves.

Pseudogymnoascus destructans has been known to cause White-nose syndrome. Scientists believe the fungus is transmitted bat to bat; however, there is a strong possibility it could be transmitted by humans by going into caves where the bats hibernate. Scientists are still learning about White-nose syndrome, but we do know there's no effect to humans. Thousands of people have visited the caves which hold bats who have this fungus and there is no reported human illnesses.

If you happen to come across a dead bat, here's what you need to do:

  • contact your state wildlife agency, file an electronic report in the state that offers the service.

  • email US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist in your area

  • take a picture and send the picture with a report to a state contact (above)

  • if you need to dispose of the animal, use a trowel or other tool to scoop the dead bat into a plastic bag. spray disinfectant all on the bag and throw it away with your other garbage.

  • if you see a band on the wing of the bat or a small device with an antenna on the back of the bat, contact your state wildlife agency or nearest service field office. these are tools biologists use to identify individual bats.

If you see bats flying around your roof or know you have bats in your home, give Elite Wildlife Removal a call at 804-867-7184. We will be more than happy to work with you regarding your nuisance pest needs.

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