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Shelters for bats as a natural control measure against mosquitoes (10/10/2019)

The City of Águilas, through the Department of Environmental Education, and with the collaboration of the Association Metal Health Eagles (AFEMAC) has installed several shelters for bats in the wooded area of ​​the castle of Águilas.

The shelters have been built in wood by AFEMAC users and placed this morning, coinciding with World Mental Health Day.

The construction of these shelters is part of a collaboration program of the City of Águilas and the AFEMAC association for the development of environmental activities.

With them it is intended to enrich the biodiversity of a privileged environment such as the promontory of the castle of Águilas, promoting the conservation of these mammals;

as well as controlling the population of harmful insects, since a single bat is able to eat 1,000 daily mosquitoes and females, in breeding season, up to 3,000 daily mosquitoes, as well as the pine processionary.

And as important as the environmental work, it is the social work with the work that is done through the users of AFEMAC to make their work visible to society, achieving the full insertion of people with mental illnesses.

This project also aims to involve citizens, explaining the importance of these animals in the ecosystem, especially urban, and that they are not persecuted as was done in the past, as well as increasing the number of shelters for bats progressively in other places of Águilas .

Source: Ayuntamiento de Águilas

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