White-Nose Syndrome has been found in Wisconsin, but it’s not sweeping across the state yet. It is a fungus that cannot grow above 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Scientists that have studied bats affected by White-Nose Syndrome, noticed they come out of hibernation more frequently. These shortened hibernation periods cause a great deal of stress on the bats. The fungus colonizes their delicate skin and causes profound damage, impacting their ability to fly.
Why don’t bats have White-Nose Syndrome during summer?
A bat’s body temperature is about 98 to a 100 degrees fahrenheit when it’s metabolically active during summer. But in order to make it through the harsh winters, they build up fat reserves. This helps them make it through the cold winter months.
We had cases of bats hibernating in attics with their body temperatures around 44 degrees fahrenheit. This is where the problem occurs, according to scientist from Wisconsin, this lower body temperature allows the fungus to grow.
What is Advanced Wildlife Control doing about this disease?
We are providing the DNR with anything we encounter or find in an effort to give more information to help the Scientists. Bat conservation is vital to our environment in Southeastern Wisconsin. Wthout bats, the disease spreading mosquito population would be at an all-time high. The effects on the ecosystem alone could be devastating. We will continue to work with those in Wisconsin to make sure that our bat populations can survive for years to come.