Safest Way to Get Rid of a Dead Washington Bat: Don't Risk Your Health!

People have varying opinions towards the bats. Some people look at them as a friendly Vancouver creature that eats the disgusting insects and other view them as blood-sucking creatures. Regardless of your opinion towards the bats, no one wants to see bats inside their house. Getting rid of them can be challenge due to their flight ability and the fact that they are protected under our law. The complex situation can also be applied when getting rid of the dead bat.

Reporting a Vancouver Dead Bat

It is so important that you report a dead Washington bat that you found to control the spread of the WNS (White Nose Syndrome). The population of the bats has been greatly affected due to this fungal disease. Based on the report, testing of this disease is the only method to combat the disease. 

Collecting the Dead Bat

Once you found the carcass of the dead bat, you have to properly collect it. Make sure that you are wearing disposable gloves when doing this. You should also prepare a zip lock bag. In case you do not have any gloves, you may pick the dead body using the zip lock bag. Place the dead body inside the zip lock pouch before placing it on a secondary container. In case you have a fresh specimen, you should keep the body fresh by placing it in a cool storage but avoid freezing it. Visit the official site of your state and fill up an online submission form at the parasite or disease investigation department. 

When sending the specimen, you need to properly label the box with your location, date and important contact information of the sender. This will be necessary for the documentation of the dead bat. You should not carelessly dispose the bats since it still has the possibility to spread diseases.

What Happens to the Specimen That You've Collected?

Upon receiving the carcass of the dead bat that you've submitted, the parasite investigation Washington team will subject the body of the bats into numerous analyses in order to identify the pathogens and disease that caused its death. The department places an extra importance to the bodies that are still fresh. Once the necroscopy has been concluded, the dead bat will then be sent to UniverVancouver or Museum to conduct additional research. You will be surprised to know that most of the bats that you will find in the museum have been submitted by the public.

The same procedure can also be followed when you are collecting a Vancouver sick bat. You should never directly touch a sick or dead bat unless you will need to move them or if you have been instructed by the experts. For the live bats, remember that they are beneficial to our ecosystem. Due to the habitat loss and the diseases, the population of the bats has reduced drastically. The WNS alone has killed an average of 6 million bats last 2006. Reporting a dead bat in your house can help the government find a solution against this deadly disease.

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