Need for Bat Management Standards
Regrettably, too many states lack suitable regulation or licensing requirements for wildlife control operators (WCO). These states lack rules governing when bat exclusion can and cannot be performed as well as creating guidelines for proper bat exclusion from structures. The result of this abdication of governmental oversight is a kind of wild west of activities and techniques used by individuals in the business of performing vertebrate pest control.
Certainly, regulations and licensing doesn’t guarantee quality workmanship on the part of professionals, the pest control industry demonstrates that, but we do know that regulation would certainly help stem the tide of sloppy WCO work.
Threats to Bats
The White-nose Syndrome Conservation and Recovery Working Group (4/1/2015) has published Acceptable Management Practices for Bat Control Activities in Structures – A Guide for Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators. This stimulus for this guide was driven by the staggering losses to bat populations caused by the fungal infection known as White-nose Syndrome. With such losses, it is critical that WCO activity avoid killing bats unnecessarily as well as spreading the disease.
Wildlife Control Consultant,LLC. commends the working group for working with the National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) to develop these bat management standards. WCC, LLC hopes that states will adopt these guidelines as their own. Note that Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC is a member of NWCOA.
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