Maine Gives Bats a Break From Pest Control Companies This Summer

Little Brown Bat with White-nose Syndrome

Photo by Jonathan Mays/Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

The state of Maine is asking residents and pest control companies to give bats a break this summer in order to help preserve their population in the wake of white nose syndrome’s discovery in the state in May 2011.

Earlier this month the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife informed animal control professionals that they are not to disturb bat roosting sites between June 1st and August 15th, even if they are inside buildings.

This is the time of year when bats are roosting, and you have the maternity roost, it’s important to try to avoid disturbing those; we’re trying to minimize additional mortality on the bat population, and this is one mechanism. John Pratte, Animal Damage Control Program Coordinator at Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

If for whatever reason bats must be removed during the period, approval can be requested from the regional biologist at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Additionally, this measure does not include living space, which bats may be removed from at any time, or space where human or pet exposure is suspected. It also does not apply to land owners who, although discouraged, are free to do what they want during the period.

White-nose syndrome prompts state action on bats [Bangor Daily News]

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