Bats protecting us against pesky pests

Bats protecting us against pesky pests

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They might be creepy to some, however bats are actually beneficial creatures to us! The Florida Fish and Wildlife reminds us that these 'shadows that look like birds flying in the night' are in pursuit of mosquitoes.

Florida has 13 native bat species that are helpful in getting rid of those pesky mosquitoes, moths, and other garden pests, which become plentiful during the summer season.

Related: Got bats in your house? It could be illegal to remove them

Bats play this key role in our natural ecosystems, helping protect people and animals from mosquito-borne diseases and saving Florida farmers millions of dollars a year in pest control.

Bats can eat hundreds of insects during the night - up to half their body weight.

These small mammals are rarely a threat to people. So, the FWC reminds people that while their outdoors enjoying 4th of July weekend to appreciate the bats.

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