Warren County Wildlife: Bats can eat 3,000 mosquitoes in one night


Big brown bats in roost.
Photo by Bill Dalton

It appears that we have a “buggy” summer on our hands. Hordes of mosquitoes, gnats and “no-see-ems” seem to be out in unusually high numbers.

What is contributing to their increased presence, other than the wet, humid weather? Where are our natural insect controllers, like bats?

Bats are the only true flying mammals on earth. Aside from flight, they also possess another remarkable specialization that you don't see in any other land mammals: echolocation.

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