July 16, 2020
RE: Nuisance wildlife control involving
bats encountered in residences
This letter is being sent to you to
clarify the previous communication you received from our office concerning
Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator (NWCO) work relating to bats encountered in
a residence (home or other dwelling).
There has been some confusion concerning
what a licensed NWCO may or may not do in relation to bats encountered in a residence.
This letter clarifies the steps NWCO’s should follow when responding to bats in
The goal is to prevent any bats that have
been exposed to humans, and potentially the SARS-CoV-2 virus, from being
released to the wild.
When responding to a situation where bats
are found in a residence:
- Continue to conduct exclusion techniques
to keep bats from reentering a residence;
- Capture bats that have entered the living
spaces of a residence;
- Euthanize and properly dispose of bats
captured in the living spaces of a residence.
NWCO’s may not:
- Release any bats trapped or captured in a
For any bats you may encounter in a
residence, please continue to follow the already established best practices
including all Rabies Vector Species protocols as well as any directives from
local health departments.
We have included
the previous communication that was sent to all licensees including recommended
personal protective equipment, disinfecting and handling techniques. Please refer
to this letter and contact us at SpecialLicenses@dec.ny.gov if you have any
questions concerning nuisance bat response or the potential impacts of the
SARS-CoV-2 virus on bats.