The Die Off of Bats & Increasing Mosquito Population

Mosquitoes…Where Are The Bats?

If you’ve noticed more mosquitoes this summer, especially during dusk, you’re not alone.  My wife Shawna & I have also noticed an increase in mosquitoes this summer.

Shawna also observed the lack of bat activity around our home.  Coincidence?  I think not.

It seems that a fungus called White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) has spread to Washington State.

See links below:

https://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/health/wns/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-nose_syndrome

The die off of bats in our area has led to an increase in mosquitoes.  What can you do to protect yourself from mosquito bites?

1.) Eliminate standing pools of water around your home.

2.) Reduce outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

3.) Use insect repellent.  If you are sensitive to chemicals, you can make your own bug spray with: vinegar, witch hazel, eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils.

It’s sad about the bats dieing out, and hopefully a miracle will happen and the bats will thrive again.  Until then protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.

 

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