By USFWSmidwest, via Wikimedia Commons
Bats roost in an Indiana bat house.
EDWARDSVILLE — Edwardsville Township is taking an unusual approach to fighting the mosquitoes at the Robert C. Stille Edwardsville Township Community Park, 6368 Center Grove Road.
The township is installing three bat houses to encourage the bats residing in the park to take a more permanent residence and attract some new residents as well.
“Trustee Blake Fuhler recommended the installation of bat houses at Township Park as a safe way to control for mosquitoes,” Township Supervisor Frank Miles said at the township’s monthly board meeting Aug. 23. “A single bat can eat more than 6,000 insects each night. With bats patrolling at night, the township can implement a supplemental abatement program to our usual mosquito spraying, which is in cooperation with the village of Glen Carbon. Attracting bats for mosquito control is also more environmentally friendly than the use of pesticides, which can impact the bee population while trying to control for mosquitoes.”
The township purchased the three bat houses from Market Basket in Edwardsville. The houses will be installed around the perimeter of the park near the tree line and will include educational signage to describe bats’ mosquito-fighting abilities.
Edwardsville Township comprises the city of Edwardsville, village of Glen Carbon and unincorporated areas just outside of these two municipalities. The Township Supervisor’s office, 300 West Park in Edwardsville, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
For information, visit edwardsvilletownship.com or call the township at (618) 656-0292.