Bat Houses and White-nose Syndrome
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A recent report by a local bat conservation group
mentioned that installing large number of bat houses may help stall
the spread of the white-nose syndrome. I think they were talking
about bat houses as an alternative to the communal cave where this
disease has been shown to spread. Considering bat behavior, is this
idea of providing bat houses a logical or pragmatic means to deal
with this disease?
This is a very logical and pragmatic means to deal with this disease by
spreading the colonies to different locations so they can't infect one
The white-nose syndrome is a fungus that spreads within colonies.
The best source for any information of bats is Bat Conservation International.
I have not heard of using bat houses to combat white-nose syndrome. Bat houses
are usually - at least here in Illinois - intended for summer roosts, not for
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Update: June 2012