Miami Bat Houses Deemed Mosquito Killers

One of the world's largest bat houses is working to save an endangered species. The bonneted bat was officially listed as a federally endangered species in 2013. The Patch of Heaven Sanctuary finished building a habitat for them in February in hopes of encouraging the animal to thrive. Officials say the two-tier bat structure in Miami can house up to 250-thousand bats.

The bat houses are being implemented because bats are expert mosquito-killers, with the ability to consume as many as 1000 in under an hour. The move is also a nod to environmentalists upset over nearby Miami-Dade county being sprayed with naled, an insecticide used to eradicate the mosquitoes.

 

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