I've never seen as many bugs as we have this year. I use my leaf blower
every morning to blow out my bug zapper. It's caked every morning.
You go out at night to star gaze or something, shine a light up and
there is bugs, bugs, bugs. Mingees, black flies and mosquitoes, moths,
beetles, bats, and more bugs. Maine has turned into bug central.
1 bat is a pretty small data-point. [and one who is not flying around
at night, besides. . .]
Read this link- they say between 500,000 and a million bats have died
so far. I thought it was a northeast US thing- but this article
[the 'threatens humans' headline appears to be an economic effect- not
a disease we get from bats]
This is terrible news. Well, here in western New York, I get bats in
my house every August, without fail. I really like them, just not in
the house, and I suppose seeing at least this one (at 5:30 am), which
looked pretty healthy to me when I was coaxing it into the laundry
basket for transport outside, was a good thing, even though I really
would rather not have them IN my house. Beautiful eyes, these
creatures have. They're just great.
You're absolutely correct. Bats are great, just not in your house and
you really don't want to get bit by one. Rabies shots are not fun.
There are plenty of ways to safely get rid of a bat that is in the
house. I have even picked them up with my hands. I just use those
extra thick leather work gloves. They are not going to bite through
Most of the bats that get into a home are young males that are just
lost. The mothers kick the males out of the nursery almost as soon as
they can fly.
Was the weather in Maine much different this year? In
eastern Ontario we have been having the wettest summer
since records began (1930s) and the heaviest crop of
insects (now mainly mosquitos and deer flies.) Frequent
rain seems the likeliest cause. (When I fished the West
Branch Penobscot Maine bugs seemed worse than at
home: but that was years ago.)
I know you know this already but bats are mammals in the order Chiroptera.
Their forelimbs are developed wings which makes them the only mammals
capable of natural flight (as opposed to other mammals like flying
squirrels, gliding possums and colugos that are only capable of gliding for
limited distances). Bats do not flap their arms like birds but spred their
"flaps" (actually hands covered with a thin membrane or patagium) out to
Having said that, I'd allow the bats to do what they do naturally; nosh on
all those flying insects by the metric ton. If you wanna have some fun, the
next bottle of wine you consume, save the cork and when you go outside, toss
that up in the air and watch as the bats locate-and-dive at it. It's cheap
As far as disposing of the bugs via your bug-zapper... You do know that
light's attracting them to your property, right? If you don't want them
dining on (or around/near) you, lose the zapper. You'll enjoy that dark
offers better star gazing. You'll also learn that you don't need light to
Seems unlikely: were it so, bats could not take off in still air
(viz. caves where there are no drafts.) As high-speed photography
confirms, these energetic animals flap their wings to fly just like birds.
Boy you've got that right. especially the "no see ums" They can get through
the screens...It is probably because we are in the midst of the 5th rainist
year on record here in Maine...It sure sucks here in the midcoast area
though....Driving at night gets one's car/truck COVERED with bug
In Florida Love Bugs will clog the radiator and cause the engine to
over heat. Some use screens to prevent this problem. Others use
kitchen spray (PAM), so they won't stick to the grill, bumper, etc.
Using the spray, they was off easily.
pic: Love Bug
We got a lot of bugs too. Seeing more bats to catch them too. The
frogs, toads, mantis and blue-tailed lizards are having a sporgasbord
and there is a cricket living in my family room driving everyone
crazy. I just saw hummingbirds eating flying insects, which I did not
know. In e.TN.
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