Greenburgh Nature Center Blog

Bats and Mosquitoes

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Spring is a great time of year! Just listen to the children playing, the frogs chirping and the mosquitoes buzzing. Yikes – most people prefer to not have to deal with mosquitoes. One way to reduce the impact of mosquitoes is to encourage the presence of bats. Yep, Bats the ‘All Natural’ mosquito control. Native New York bats are in the suborder Microchiroptera. The name chiroptera – or ‘hand-wing’ – describes the five fingers that structure the wing. Being insectivores, bats serve as hero to mosquito-haters. As the weather warms and insect populations boom, an individual bat can consume up to 1000 mosquitoes in a single evening.