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
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.