Bats to fight mosquitoes

Re­cent down­pours have led to a pro­lif­er­a­tion of tiger mosquitoes in Gandía, and the town hall will add bats to the mix to fight the plague

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Coun­cil to in­stall bat nests to com­bat bit­ing bugs

By Joe Wick­man GANDÍA town hall has de­cided to re­in­force its anti-tiger mos­quito strat­egy and will soon in­stall bat nests in sev­eral af­fected ar­eas.

Even though 2018 has been a year with a low over­all num­ber of com­plaints is­sued by res­i­dents re­gard­ing tiger mosquitoes, the re­cent down­pours have cre­ated the per­fect breed­ing grounds for these in­sects. As a re­sult, the num­ber of com­plaints has in­creased, and the gov­ern­ing team has de­cided to take ac­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Xavier Ró­de­nas ex­plained that the mea­sure will be im­ple­mented to ‘re­cover na­ture’s own bal­ance’ by fight­ing the cur­rent plague ‘not only with chem­i­cal means, but also bi­o­log­i­cal’.

Bats will not only feed on mosquitoes but all in­sects, so as well as de­creas­ing the num­ber of mozzies, they will also eat flies, lar­vae, worms and grasshop­pers.

Bats were al­ready tested as a way to fight the mos­quito pop­u­la­tion two years ago and it yielded pos­i­tive re­sults, so it will be im­ple­mented with greater force this time around. The nests will be in­stalled in parks in the out­skirts of the town, specif­i­cally in the ar­eas where a higher pres­ence of in­sects is de­tected. Pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence says that the bats, along with con­tin­ued bouts of fu­mi­ga­tion and trap set­ting around the town, will lead to a no­tice­able de­crease in mosquitoes in a short pe­riod of time.

Ex­perts also con­tinue to re­mind res­i­dents to be wary of stag­nant pools of wa­ter such as those that are formed on plates un­der flow­er­pots or any other con­tain­ers that are left out­side.

If it rains and they are left un­touched, they cre­ate the ideal breed­ing grounds for mozzies, and if they can re­pro­duce and ob­tain blood in the premises, they will re­main in the area.

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