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Keeping Eagle Cave's Bats Safe from fatal White-Nose Syndrome

Updated: Jan 26

Thank you for keeping me safe!

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a fungus that is100% deadly to hibernating bats. (It is harmless to humans.) WNS has been found in Midwest caves.

It is extremely important that we do NOT bring gear into Eagle Cave that has been used in other caves, unless it has been thoroughly decontaminated.

It is extremely important to decontaminate our gear after exiting Eagle Cave.

  1. The preferred treatment for equipment deemed suitable for submersion is washing in hot water that maintains a temperature of at least 131ºF for a minimum of 5 continuous minutes.

  2. Dishwasher

  3. Hot cycle washing machine

  4. Each of the following products will disinfect non-submersible equipment when used as labeled.

  5. Ethanol (60% or greater)

  6. Isopropanol (60% or greater)

  7. Isopropyl Alcohol Wipes (70%)

  8. Hydrogen Peroxide Wipes (3%)

  9. Clorox® Bleach

  10. Formula 409® Antibacterial Kitchen All Purpose Cleaner

  11. Hibiclens®

  12. Lysol spray and wipes

  13. Sani Cloth Germicidal Disposable Wipes

How to Decontaminate:


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