COVID-19 Human to Bat Transmission Concerns
Early this week a fellow board member for NWCOA (National Wildlife Control Operators Association) was made aware of concerns by bat biologists on a federal level that COVID-19 may be spread from humans to bats here in North America. While there is little scientific data to support this potential spread, it is of great concern to fellow Wildlife Control Operators (WCO’s) and to biologists that are researching and working with bats in the United States. We on the NWCOA board of directors have taken the initiative to get the message out to our members and the wildlife control industry of the importance of utilizing proper personal protective equipment when in close proximity to bats or performing essential bat management functions.
When Nature Calls Pest Control is doing our very best to stay on top of this rapidly changing situation. We will keep you apprised of the situation as more scientific research is conducted to determine the actual scientifically examined threat levels of this. In the meantime we will continue to provide essential bat management work to protect human health and safety and we will be enacting protocols as recommended by the biologists working with both our State and Federal Agencies. While no mandates have been implemented, we have already adopted changes to ensure the best protection of bats from COVID-19. These procedures include the use of proper PPE while performing bat work in close proximity to bats. These measures should significantly reduce potential pathogen transmission.
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