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How effective are bats at controlling mosquito populations?

Many species of bats feed on mosquitoes, but using them as the sole means for mosquito control is unrealistic. In fact, studies show that mosquitoes typically comprise less than 1% of a bat’s diet. Bats are opportunistic feeders and have not shown to prefer any one particular insect over the other. Bats themselves pose a health threat because they have the ability to spread fatal diseases such as rabies and histoplasmosis to humans.

Information source: American Mosquito Control Association

The best way to control mosquitoes on your property is to remove unnecessary standing water, stock mosquitofish in appropriate water features, manage and maintain ponds, swimming pools, hot tubs, and rain barrels, and remove items that can accumulate rain water. If you are experiencing a mosquito problem please contact us for advice.

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