Going to bat for our insect-eating friendsBy Connie Orcutt • Published: September 1st, 2016
Category: Animal Airwaves
White-nose syndrome is a fungal infection that has killed nearly 6 million bats in the past decade. Lest you consider not caring, remember that insect-eating bats save US farmers an average of 23 billion dollars in pesticide costs each year.
The fungal agent that causes white-nose syndrome spreads easily from bat-to-bat or via fungal spores carried by animals or people from one site to another. So take some advice to avoid being part of the problem.
After exploring bat roosting sites and before climbing into your car, change your clothes and shoes. Then clean everything well when you get home. That includes washing your clothes in hot water. If you can’t clean equipment and shoes completely, wipe them down with alcohol.
Do your bit to help stop the spread of white-nose syndrome. You’ll make the world a better place.