The Department of Natural Resources in Indiana recently closed all of the caves on state properties as a precaution against the spread of White Nose Syndrome.
While there is no known human health risk, White Nose Syndrome is spread from bat to bat, this fungus is also found in the soil, and scientists have found traces of the fungus, known as Psuedogymnoascus Destructus, in caves that are a great distance from the caves that are known to house hibernating, White Nose Syndrome infected, bats.
This leads scientists to believe that humans are inadvertently carrying the fungus from cave to cave.
New Discoveries in White Nose Syndrome
On January, 5th, 2015 a study was published by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin, detailing the disease progression of White Nose Syndrome in North American bats.
Until now, we have had very little knowledge of exactly how this disease works. We only knew that it had been ravaging the bat population for about eight years. If we understand how the disease progresses, we are better equipped to fight against it.
According to the study, these are the Key findings:
- Bats infected with P. destructans had higher proportions of lean tissue to fat mass at the end of the experiment compared to the non-infected bats. This finding means that bats with WNS used twice as much fat as healthy control bats over the same hibernation period. The amount of energy they used was also higher than what is expected for normal healthy hibernating little brown bats.
- Bats with mild wing damage had elevated levels of dissolved carbon dioxide in their blood resulting in acidification and pH imbalances throughout their bodies. They also had high potassium levels, which can inhibit normal heart function.
The Economic Impact of Endangered Bats
While Get Bats Out is in the business of extracting bats from your home and office, we do not want to see bats move to the endangered species list. The truth is, bats provide a huge service to our ecosystem. In fact, bats consume so many agricultural pests and insects that a healthy bat population allows farmers to use less pesticides on their crops… and spend less money on pesticides in general.
Several bat species have decreased in significant numbers, enough to warrant consideration for protected status under the US Federal Endangered Species Act. This, in turn, affects major American industries like mineral extraction, forestry management, and infrastructure development just to name a few, because they must now work to avoid disturbing listed species of bats.
What Does All This Mean For You?
While we specialize in Bat Removal, We are alarmed at the spread of White Nose Syndrome.
For a long term, guaranteed, and permanent solution to your bat removal needs, please call us, today. Our experienced technicians work locally, understand the particular habits, and species of bats in your area, and are ready to help!
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