News: Make sure to have a disinfection protocol in place


04/01/2017

The following protocol should be used any time work is done in amphibian habitat. Field gear should be cleaned with soapy water and a brush to remove excess organic material. Rinse the equipment with water. After washing and rinsing, apply a 5% bleach solution by spraying or immersing the gear: use ½ cup of bleach for 9 ½ cups of water. Rinse the bleached items with water (avoid rinsing into the wetland) to minimize damage to the equipment and to prevent exposing the next wetland to residual bleach. If in the eld, rinse with water from the next sampling site. Allow the equipment to dry completely if you are done for the day. Use bleach or flame with a candle to disinfect calipers, measuring boards, and other sensitive equipment.