It’s safe to say no one really likes mosquitoes, and the county receives dozens of calls to spray to get rid of them.
But, one South Florida city wants the spraying to stop in hopes of saving an endangered bat.
South Miami has passed a resolution designating the city as a wildlife sanctuary in order to protect the endangered Florida Bonneted Bat.
“I went to the Federal register to see why they’re endangered, and what I learned was they’re endangered because of spraying for mosquitoes. I was horrified,” South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard said.
Stoddard, who is also a biology professor at Florida International University, joined a group of bat watchers at a golf course in Coral Gables Monday night.
Using echolocation equipment, he tracked the bats as they swooped above the green.
He was joined by fellow FIU biology professor, Kristen Bohn.
“Bats aren’t afraid of us,” Bohn said. “People don’t realize that bats are everywhere.”
Bohn explained bats’ meal of choice consists of insects, including those pesky mosquitoes we’ve been dealing with lately in South Florida.
“I’m not a fan on mosquitoes myself, or the heat, but the problem is when you spray for mosquitoes, you kill everything else,” Bohn said.
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