- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - New state rules and regulations to protect bats are restricting property owners who want the pests out of their homes.

Officials at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have been alarmed by bat mortality rates caused by white-nose syndrome. The department saw a need to protect bat species because of the fungal disease, DNR mammal ecologist J. Paul White said.

White-nosed syndrome attacks the skin tissue of hibernating bats and creates holes in their wings and skin membranes.

In the past, homeowners and pest control workers often sealed small holes along a home’s roof, trapping the bats inside and eventually killing them. But that wasn’t an effective method because bats usually return to the same sites every summer, White said.

Now homeowners with bat problems are now required to install one-way exits and maintain them for about a week, The Janesville Gazette (https://bit.ly/12XqwjQ ) reported. This allows bats to leave but not re-enter a home.

However, homeowners are prohibited from trying to get rid of roosting bats from June to mid-August, when mothers are typically taking care of their young.

A common point of entry into a home for bats is at the corners of a roof, where water gets in and rots the wood. Bats can get through a hole that’s as small as a quarter of an inch in diameter, according to John C. Davis of Blue Pest Control and Home Services in Janesville.

Pest control workers can also net and release bats found inside of homes. In the winter, Davis captures hibernating bats and takes them to a bat hibernation he built, before sealing holes to ensure no more bats can enter.

If a homeowner catches a bat on their own. White suggests placing it near the home so it can continue returning to the area.


Information from: The Janesville Gazette, https://www.gazetteextra.com

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