Nature’s Best Mosquito ControlGreen Living
A few years ago, I took my children to a summer program at the local library put on by the Florida Bat Conservancy. For those of you unfamiliar with the habits of our winged mammalian cousins, bats spend their days sleeping in a warm, enclosed space (like a dead tree trunk) and come out at dusk to start feasting on insects all night long. In the case of the Florida bat, mosquitoes are the insect of choice. One bat can consume up to 3000 mosquitoes in a single night!
Well, never give up hope where nature is concerned! About a month ago, I casually mentioned to my husband that there didn’t seem to be any mosquitoes at all around our front porch and that I could sit out at dusk and not be eaten alive like in years past. This unusual lack of mozzies despite the extremely wet winter we’ve had and the enormous amount of standing water in the swamps and ponds around the neighborhood. Funny that it didn’t even occur to me that the bat house might finally be occupied and providing mosquito control!
If you haven’t considered a bat house for your home as the best ever mosquito control, I highly recommend it. Even if you don’t have a tree to attach one to, you can attach one to a pole instead. You may have to wait awhile (hopefully, not 3 years!), but like many of the best things in life, it is so worth the wait!
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
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