High-Frequency Noise Pollution Concerns Mount as Florida Releases Bats to Combat Zika

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And Hillary shrieks enough by herself. With thousands of little Hillaries flying around, the noise will be deafening.

Miami New Times – Bats are, famously, one of the mosquito’s natural predators. According to some experts, a single brown bat can gobble up to 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour. So if the county released a cave’s worth of bats into the Wynwood sky every day, Miami’s mosquito problem would be eradicated in a fortnight, right?

Turns out the idea isn’t all that crazy: Last month, the New York Times chronicled suburban North Hempstead, New York’s plan to build “bat houses” — which look and function like bird houses except with slot-shaped holes for bats — across its Long Island town. According to one mosquito expert the Times quoted, bats burn so many calories through flying that they pretty much have to inhale mosquitoes indiscriminately to keep themselves full.

But town officials say it’s impossible to quantify what impact the bats have had, and Laura Finn, a Central Florida bat conservation expert who spoke with New Times via phone, says she doubts they would be able to wipe out mosquitoes on their own.

Read the whole story at Miami New Times.

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